SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, (THEWILL) – The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has declared that it would resist any plan by tertiary institutions to increase tuition fees declaring that Nigerian students do not merit such harsh punishment
NANS President, Chinonso Obasi, made this known in a statement, in Abuja, saying that the association received reports that at least 38 tertiary institutions had concluded plans to hike tuition fees in their institutions with utter pain and disgust.
He insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to justify the confidence of the Nigerian students who voted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last elections saying the students have been made to bear the brunt of poverty ideas and administrative ineptitude of managers and chief executives of tertiary institutions over the years.
“NANS wishes to state that plans by some tertiary institutions to increase tuition fees would be met with maximum resistance,” the statement read.
“In saner climes, education funding includes revenue from researches and consultative collaborations.
“Implementation of UNESCO strategies, particularly commercializing research findings should be the priority of Nigeria educational institutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by helpless students.
“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 in the country, as well as campaign for local government autonomy.
“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.”