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NANS Opposes Proposal to Introduce Tuition Fees in Federal Universities

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has opposed the proposal by the TETFUND executive secretary, Sonny Echono, to introduce tuition fees in federal universities.…

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has opposed the proposal by the TETFUND executive secretary, Sonny Echono, to introduce tuition fees in federal universities.

Echono had proposed the implementation of tuition fees at federal universities for sustainability, while spending in Abuja during an education sector conference themed: ‘Funding for Tertiary Education in Nigeria’.

Reacting to the development, Pedro Obi, NANS President, in a statement on Friday said: “We view this suggestion as a direct attack on the fundamental principle of accessible education for all Nigerians.

“Federal universities have long stood as beacons of hope for the less privileged, offering them the opportunity to pursue higher education without financial burden. Introducing tuition fees would not only betray this noble ideal but also erect barriers that would exclude countless deserving students from accessing tertiary education.

‘We understand the need for sustainable funding in our educational institutions. However, burdening students and their families with tuition fees is not the solution. The government must explore alternative funding mechanisms that do not compromise the accessibility and affordability of education.

“NANS calls on the federal government to reject this proposal and reaffirm its commitment to providing free and accessible education for all Nigerians. We urge stakeholders in the education sector to prioritize the welfare and future of our students above all else.

“Education is a right, not a privilege reserved for the wealthy few. NANS will stand firm in defending this principle and ensuring that every Nigerian has equal access to quality education.”

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