OAU, UNILAG, UNILORIN, Igbinedion varsities deny increasing tuitions
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has said it was not planning to increase its tuition fee to N55,700 contrary to a media report. Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, had reportedly made the claim to newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
It was gathered that OAU students currently pay between N19,700 and N33,700, depending on their course of study. In a press statement, the OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, explained that the tuition fee remained as increased three years ago.
Similarly, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has refuted the news making the rounds that the university has increased its tuition fee. According to the Deputy Registrar at the Information Unit, Mr. T.O. Adebule, “the university wishes to inform its students, their parents and the general public that the statement is not true and it is a complete distortion of facts.”
Also, authority of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has denied the report listing the university among the federal universities that have increased their tuition fees. Deputy Director Information of the institution, Mr. Kunle Akogun, said the university only charges utility fees, described as “little”.
In the same vein, Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University Okada, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, has debunked the report, which included the private university as one of the institutions that have increased their fees, saying they do not have plans to do so.
“In fact, rather than increase, we have lightened the burden of paying fees by allowing parents to pay in installments.”