NUC to reach out to universities over fee hike

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The executive secretary of the National University Commission Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, stated that the commission will meet vice chancellors of universities over the recent fee hike in their registration.

Rasheed made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja, at a meeting with the senate president Ahmad Lawan.

The meeting was convened by Lawan with all heads of regulatory agencies in the education sector.

Senator Lawan stated that the purpose of the meeting as follow-up to his earlier engagement with the Coalition of Northern Groups, Students’ Wing which complained of a plan by some tertiary institutions to hike registration fees.

Rasheed responded “We shall advertise. If we are misled, we shall be able to get to know. We understand that the universities cannot be forced to charge uniform fees across the country because they have different demands and they come from different situations.

“Possibly a university in Lagos or Port Harcourt may charge slightly more than universities in some rural areas. But there should be a baseline.

“One university cannot charge N20,000; while others charge N150,000 to Nigerian students where tuition has been free since 1978 at the undergraduate level,” he said.