Senate summons 38 VCs over hike in tuition fees

The Nigerian Senate is set to summon Vice Chancellors of 38 Federal Universities in the country over increase in tuition fees.

This was disclosed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jibrin, on Tuesday.

Jibrin stated this in reaction to the statement credited to the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the University of Ibadan, Deji Omole, that 38 Universities have increased their tuition fees over poor funding by the Federal Government.

The institutions include: University of Lagos (UNILAG), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), University of Nigeria (UNN), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Bayero University Kano (BUK), University of Abuja, Usman Danfodiyo University (UDUS), University of Ilorin, and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) among others.

Jibrin said the VCs would be invited when the Senate resumes from Sallah break next Tuesday, to explain why they increased the fees.

There are abuses of IGR in almost all the Universities. Our preliminary investigations have shown that there is general abuse of IGR in our universities.

“We have beamed our searchlight on it. We will ensure proper utilisation of the IGR including tuition fees,” he said in an interview with Daily Trust.