Mr David Adejo, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, has stated that no federal university in the country is permitted to levy tuition fees.
Adejo said the recent increase in charges by federal universities in the country is sad during a public hearing by the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on student loans in Abuja on Tuesday, August 15.
He claimed that the fees collected by the institutions were used to pay for some of their services, such as electricity costs. He stated;
“What they collect is charges to cover the cost of accommodation, ICT, and power, among others. It is the Governing Councils of the Universities that have the power to approve such charges for them.
“The only university that increased charges after the signing of the student loans act is the University of Lagos.
“They came to the Ministry with a proposal to increase their charges because all Governing Councils were dissolved and we gave them approval.
“Immediately that was done, there was a resolution from the House stopping the increase in fees and the President also gave a directive stopping any increase in fees and that is where it is, even though several others have brought their proposal.”
Adejo who pushed back at claims of the students’ loan act being responsible for the hike in the university charges, said universities have not been able to meet up with some of their expenses.