Federal Government bars federal universities from charging tuition fees say illegal

The federal executive council has reportedly condemned the paying of school fees in federal universities describing it as illegal.

The Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, announced this while briefing State House correspondents after the council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday.

Anwuka disclosed that the council discussed the school fees being charged by various universities “and noted that as of law, no federal university should charge tuition fees.”

He said, federal government does not determine fees for private and state universities. It only takes responsibility for fees paid in the federal universities.”

The minister also disclosed that the council approved the insurance of provisional licence for the the establishment of Skyline University in Kano.

The minister said they were investigating payment of school fees by federal universities “and noted that as of law, no federal university should charge tuition fees.” He said some universities were charging by course unit and promised that this would be stopped.

The Minister also said the National Universities Commission (NUC) had been directed to clarify and update the council on the matter.

“We understand some universities now charge fees per course unit and we are going to make sure that we investigate that properly and make it stop.

“Students can pay other auxiliary fees, but not in excess. Various university councils and management should be able to fix what fees students should pay that is affordable and acceptable to the students. That is the position.

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