UNILORIN, OAU React As Report Claims 38 Nigerian Universities Plan To Increase Tuition Fees
The management of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has said that the institution is not among 38 Nigerian universities that have purportedly increased their tuition fees.
Also in a remarkable denial of a news item circulated by the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has said that it was not planning to increase its tuition fee to N55,700.
NAN had quoted the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, as having made the claim in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
However, in a press statement made available on Tuesday, June 27, the OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, explained that the tuition fee remained as increased three years ago.
The statement read: “The attention of the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been drawn to a news item that ’38 Varsities increase tuition fees’, where OAU was listed among the universities that have increased their tuition fees.
“Although there may be paucity of funds from the Federal Government in running the institutions of higher learning, which might have prompted some universities to upwardly review their fees, but the situation in OAU is quite different.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no meeting, either of the university management or Senate, where the fee increment was announced; and the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Tope Ogunbodede, has not contemplated on increasing any fee in OAU.
“In actual fact, his administration is poised to making the welfare of staff and students a topmost priority.”
“Accordingly, the VC has advised the students, their parents and/or guardians to completely disregard as unfounded rumour the said news item.
“The administrative and academic affairs of OAU will not be run in secret. The VC will not renege on his pledge of running a very open and transparent administration.”
In the same vein, a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Affairs of the university, Mr Kunle Akogun, and made available to journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday said the report was meant to cause unnecessary panic among Nigerian parents.
It reads: “The attention of the management of the University of Ilorin has been drawn to news reports in some newspapers today listing Unilorin among 38 universities that have increased their tuition fees.”
“We want to state categorically that there is no iota of truth in the report. The university’s management has never met to decide on any fees increase because we are still running the 2016/2017 academic session. And in any case, Unilorin, being a federal government institution doesn’t charge tuition fees, as tuition is free in public universities. The little charges we collect are for utilities and not for tuition.”
“So, that report was meant to cause unnecessary panic among Nigerian parents.”
Meanwhile, here is a list of institutions that were reported to have made plans to increase tuition fees below:
1. UNILAG N14,500 N63,500
2. ABU N27,000 N41,000
3. UNN N60,450 N66,950
4. OAU N19,700 N57,700
5. UNIZIK N20,100 N65,920
6. BUK N26,000 N40,000
7. UNIABUJA N39,300 N42,300
8. UDU N32,000 N43,000
9. NOUN N36,000 N41,000
10. UNIBEN N12,000 N49,500
11. UNILORIN N16,000 N75,500
12. FUTA N13,560 N83,940
13. FUTMINNA N20,000 N37,000
14. FUNAAB N18,250 N33,000
15. UNICAL N30,500 N42,750
16. UNIUYO N71,000 N84,250
17. FCET Akoka N16,000 N40,000
18. Osun Varsity N95,000 N135,500
19. ANSU N76,000 N139,000
20. LASU N96,750 N158,250
21. IBBU N25000 N52,000
22. IMSU N120,000 N150,000
23. PLASU N50,000 N100,000
24. MAPOLY N57,000 N75,000
25. Ibadan Poly N30,000 N50,000
26. Abia Poly N56,550 N61,000
27. Auchi Poly N14,800 N28,000
28. Osustech N70,000 N80,000
29. ESUT N104,900 N124,900
30. KWARAPOLY N28,000 N44,000
31. LAUTECH N65,000 N72,500
32. TASUED N66,500 N76,500
33. Afe Babalola N675,000 N1,075,000
34. Igbinedion N540,000 N820,000
35. Crawford N400,000 N600,000
36. Redeemers N545,000 N605,000
37. Covenant N774,500 N814,500
38. Benson Idahosa N284,300 N1,150,000.00