Education minister assures reasonable University tuition fees


The Federal Government will harmonise tuition
fees in all federal universities to stop arbitrary
charge of fees by some university authorities.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu
Adamu, » made this known while fielding
questions on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Forum in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Universities of Lagos, Ibadan and Port
Harcourt were recently shut down following
students’ protests over increase in fees, lack of
water and power supply on the campuses.
Malam Adamu said, “ Since the protests started,
we have summoned the authorities of the
universities and sat down with them and we are
going to harmonise everything.
“Because, I think it is N45,000 that is the maximum
that should be charged. I know in some places,
there has been other arrangement.
“But the ministry would harmonise everything and I
believe there will be no more protests over fees .”
Adamu said that the Federal Government was
discussing with management of the affected
universities, adding that efforts were also
ongoing to introduce harmonised fees for all
federal universities.
Adamu, who decried the excessive fees charged
by private tertiary institutions in the country,
explained that the government does not have the
power to regulate fees in that sector.
“ First, I will agree with you that they charge
exorbitant fees. But I wish I had the power to do
something about it. If I had the power I would stop
“But I think the thing is being treated like a market
where you buy what you can afford. But I do
believe the government should intervene, “ he said.
On the industrial peace that has prevailed in the
education sector since the inception of the
Buhari administration, Adamu attributed it to
partnership with the unions.
He stressed that the government would
strengthen partnership with all the unions in the
sector to sustain the existing industrial harmony.
“ ASUU and the other unions are very patriotic
people who are concerned about the state of
education in Nigeria. And most of what they do is
motivated by this belief.
“So, as far as I am concerned, they have got fellow
travellers in this administration.
“I believe the president and his ministers are really
passionate about education. And they would want
to do everything to make education succeed.
“ASUU and the administration are going in the
same line. So, we would not have a ground to
“We are not waiting for unions to strike before we
go to them. So, we are already making the
approach to all the unions. So, I think there would
be no strikes.”
The minister pledged government’s commitment
to release N200 billion annually for the
implementation of the NEEDS Assessment
Report, to enhance the quality and standard of
tertiary education.
He added that fate of tertiary education
depended on the full implementation of the
NEEDS Assessment Report, which according to
him, “this government is committed to deliver’’.

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