National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has come out to say they will resist any plan by some tertiary institutions to increase tuition fees.
NANS President, Chinonso Obasi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja that the association received reports that at least 38 tertiary institutions had concluded plans to hike tuition fees in their institutions with utter pain and disgust.
He said Nigerian students have been made to bear the brunt of poverty ideas and administrative ineptitude of managers and chief executives of tertiary institutions over the years.
The statement reads: “NANS wishes to state that plans by some tertiary institutions to increase tuition fees would be met with maximum resistance.
“In saner climes, education funding includes revenue from researches and consultative collaborations. Implementation of UNESCO strategies, particularly commercializing research findings should be the priority of Nigeria educational institutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by helpless students.”
NANS also said President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to justify the confidence Nigerian students who voted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last elections.
“This oversight becomes very painful despite the positive contributions of Nigerian students to the success of the administration’s key policies and programmes, such as the fight against corruption, maintenance of peace and unity in the country, as well as campaign for local government autonomy.
“NANS feels that Nigerian students do not merit such harsh punishment as fee increases, which would further limit the capacity of the students to dream of a better future,” the statement added.