The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday revealed that the Federal Government is already concluding arrangements to force students in public universities in the country to pay atleast N350, 000 tuition fees per session
The Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Ade Adejumo, raised the alarm when he addressed journalists at the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council, Ibadan.
Adejumo was accompanied by the union’s chairmen from University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole; Osun State University, Dr. Femi Abanikanda; and Investment Secretary of ASUU in UI, Prof Ayo Akinwole.
He noted that, the vehement objection of the union to the proposed tuition fees, actually led to the collapse of 2017/2018 Renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, adding “the union is again constrained to draw the attention of Nigerian public to an impending labour crisis in the Nigerian universities as a result of the insensitivity and non-challance of the Nigerian government to issues critical to the survival of the educational system in Nigeria.”
Giving a background to the crisis, Adejumo said, when the 2009 agreement was overdue for renegotiation, the Federal Government set up a team, led by Dr. Wale Babalakin to renegotiate with the union.
He said, “It is no longer news that the renegotiation, which Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, promised was going to last for only six weeks, has broken down.”