President Bola Tinubu has bemoaned the arbitrary hike of payable sundry fees by managements of federal tertiary institutions.
He warned those involved in such act amid the suffering faced by Nigerians due to fuel subsidy removal to desist.
The president’s warning is contained in a statement on Monday by Dele Alake, his special adviser on communication and strategy.
Tinubu also ratified the lifting of all restrictions on the students’ loan to ensure it is easily accessible by students.
“In line with his promise to ensure no Nigerian student abandons his or her educational pursuits as a result of lack of money and economic circumstances of their parents, President Tinubu has also approved the removal of all restrictions on the students’ loan to make it available to any student or household that may desire it,” the statement reads.
“Similarly, President Tinubu has directed the authorities in all Federal Institutions of higher learning to avoid arbitrary increase in sundry fees payable and where possible defer further increase so that parents and students don’t face too much difficulties.
“While it is important to reiterate that President Tinubu has directed the release of over 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains to families in 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the government is working to ensure that vulnerable students can also benefit from conditional cash transfers and food distribution.
“The federal government salutes the courage, wisdom and partnership of Nigerian Students as our country navigates this challenging time.
“President Tinubu will continue to prioritise education and the needs of the students, improve welfare of teaching and non-academic staff and invest in infrastructure to make our institutions of higher learning become more globally competitive.”
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) and some institutions recently increased their tuition, citing “harsh economic realities”.
The move elicited outrage in some quarters with many decrying it and describing it as ill-timed and inconsiderate.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) earlier threatened to stage a protest if institutions refused to reduce their tuition.