Rumours that the Federal Government has approved the hike in tuition fees of Nigerian universities to N350,000, has been debunked by the Federal Ministry of Education, yesterday.
The clarification was made by Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Sonny Echono, at a symposium in Abuja.
Echono, who said the Federal Government was not planning to increase tuition fees, urged Nigerians to remain calm on the issue.
The symposium has “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher” as its theme.
He said: “The Federal Government has no intention of introducing new tuition fees in our public universities let alone hiking the figure to N350,000.
“What is true is that the present administration is committed to guarantee quality of education.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance to jointly organise a workshop that will inform on a very sustainable and workable recommendation of funding education in Nigeria.
“To this end, we have been engaging various stakeholders, including ASUU, who came up with a very useful contribution that will make all these recommendations achievable.”
Naija News recalls that Ade Adejumo, the Ibadan zonal ASUU cordinator, made the allegation while addressing members of the correspondents chapel in Ibadan.