The Presidency has reacted to some news media reports that the Federal Government had increased tuition fees in federal universities in the country.
The Presidential Spokesman, Dele Alake, in a statement on Wednesday, describe the report has inaccurate while reiterating that federal universities in Nigeria remain tuition-free.
According to the spokesman, increase in the amount payable by students on sundry charges (hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charge) are discretionary charges by each federal university and not part of the tuition fees.
“Authorities of these universities even made this fact clear enough in explaining the rationale behind these new fees.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains committed to his promise of ensuring that every Nigerian, regardless of the economic situation of their parents, have access to quality tertiary education.
“In addition to the Students’ Loans Scheme, under the Student Loans Bill signed into law by President Tinubu last month, which will go into implementation ahead of the next academic session in September, the Federal Government will also strengthen other mechanisms to support indigent students.
“Parts of the government’s plans to make sure all diligent students complete their education on time, notwithstanding their parents’ financial situation, include work-study, merit-based scholarships and grants.