Presidency Maintains Stance on Tuition-free for Varsities

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The Presidency, has maintained that federal universities in the country remain tuition-free.

This was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake.

Recall that the management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG had recently increased fees for undergraduate student from N19,000 to new fees of N190,250 for students studying medicine and N140,250 for courses that require laboratory and studio.

The increment had generated public outcry as many criticized the action amid the effect of fuel subsidy removal.

The Presidential spokesman said it confirmed that what were considered as tuition fees were actually discretionary charges by each university for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charges.

He, however, said the Students’ Loans Scheme, under the Student Loans Bill signed into law by President Tinubu last month, would go into implementation ahead of the next academic session in September.

Written by: Helen Obih

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