NANS To Resist Increase Of School Fees By Tertiary Institutions

The National Association of
Nigerian Students (NANS) has
today vowed to resist plans by
some tertiary institutions to
increase school fees.

A press statement signed by the
National president of NANS,
Comrade Chinonso Obasi reads

“NANS received the report that
about 38 tertiary institutions have
concluded plans to jack up tuition
fees in their institutions with utter
pain and disgust, because over the
years Nigerian students have been
made to bear the brunt of poverty
ideas and administrative ineptitude
of managers and chief executives of
tertiary institutions.”

“In a saner climes, education
funding include revenue from
researches and consultative
collaborations.”
“Implementation of UNESCO
strategies, particularly commer-
cializing research findings should
occupy Nigeria educational instit-
utions rather than constant hike in
tuition fees payable by helpless
students”

The statement added that NANS
believed that the planned hike
in tuition fees would be the last
straw that would “break the cycle
of obnoxious levy on learning and
pursuit of education.”

“We regret to note that the
President Muhammadu Buhari
administration has not done
much to justify the confidence
of Nigerian students within the
two years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power. This
oversight becomes very painful
despite the positive contributions
of Nigerian students to the success
of the administration’s key policies
and programmes, such as, the fight
against corruption, maintenance
of peace and unity of the country,
as well as campaign for local
government autonomy.”

The statement further reads,
“NANS feels that Nigerian
students do not merit such
harsh punishment as fee
increases, which would further
limit the capacity of the
students to dream of a better
future.
Consequently the National
President,Comrade Chinonso
Obasi,in concert with the national
executive of NANS wish to serve
notice to the authorities concern-
ed that Nigerian students will
never endure any increase in
tuition at this time of the nation’s
socio-economic challenges.”

“If administrators of Nigeria’s
educational institutions have run
out of ideas of funding education
in the country, they should feel
free to liaise with students to
explore new ways of funding,
instead of the usual resort to
internal revenue generation
through increased tuition fees”,
the statement stated.
“However, NANS wishes to reite-
rate the fact that Nigerian stud-
ents have been patient with PMB administration and our patience
has reached the elastic limit.

“President Buhari should
recognize that it is time to
reward the understanding and cooperation of Nigerian students
with education subsidy, proper
funding of education and adeq-
uate welfare initiatives for stud-
ents and resisting the temptation
to increase tuition fee.

“NANS wishes to inform Nigerians
that any attempt by this administra-
tion to increase tuition fee in our
tertiary institutions, will leave
Nigerian students with no other
option than passing a vote of no
confidence on the APC led Federal
Government.

“We therefore call on all well-
meaning individuals and stake-
holders of education to hasten
and find lasting solutions to the
deplorable attitude towards
education in the country and put
smiles on the faces of the most marginalized group
of Nigerians, the students”, the
statement stressed.

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