By Saheed Ibrahim
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has berated incessant increase of tuition fees by universities.
Recall that The Hope had reported that many government-owned institutions have increased their tuition fees, leading to protests by students.
President Bola Tinubu also directed authorities in all Federal Institutions of higher learning to avoid the arbitrary increase in sundry fees payable and, where possible, defer further increase so that parents and students don’t face too many difficulties.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke said many students would drop out of school as their parents would find it difficult to afford the huge fees demanded by universities.
“Most parents will not be able to afford their children’s fees. Since the government says, don’t increase fees and universities are increasing fees, they should intervene as part of their palliatives because the vice-chancellors are being pushed to the wall, so they have no choice but to increase fees.
He opined that the government should retain talents and increase the budgetary allocations of universities, stressing that only through the increased budgetary allocations to universities that the issue of fee increment across campuses in the country would be solved or reduced.
“Government should increase budgetary allocations to universities so that VCs will have enough funds to run the universities,” he said.