ASUU Warns Against Tuition Fees Hike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday raised the alarm over the alleged plan by the Federal Government to increase tuition fees to N350,000 in universities.

The zonal chairman of the union, Dr. Ade Adejumo, told newsmen in Ibadan that that was the position of Federal Government’s team led by Dr Wale Babalakin when the team visited the union at the University of of Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said the union was also kicking against government’s plan to establish education bank where students would seek loans to go attend public universities.

Adejumo warned that unless the government honoured the memorandum of action it signed with the union in 2017, it could not guarantee industrial peace and harmony on university campuses.

He listed the issues in the memorandum, which according to him could cause an industrial action, as including “collapse of the renegotiation of 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, non-release of over two trillion naira meant for the revitalization of decayed infrastructure in public varsities (2014-2018), failure to release the forensic audit on the disbursement of Earned Academic Allowances covering 2009 to 2017, failure to pay arrears of shortfall in accrued salaries in Universities that have been verified under PICA, failure to release operational license of NUPEMCO, and needless proliferation of state universities.”