House of Reps Directs NUC to Halt implementation of increase of fees in Federal Universities

The house of Representatives has urged the National Universities Commission (NUC) to immediately halt implementation of the increase of fees by Federal Universities.

This call followed a motion by Hon. Aliyu Sani Madaki:

The house mandated the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services (when constituted) to investigate the increase of fees by Federal Universities across the country with a view to finding lasting solutions to the challenges in the tertiary education sector.

The Green Chamber noted that citing the poor funding of Tertiary Education and rising inflation in the country, Federal Universities across the country increased their tuition fees by tuition fees from 100% to 200% while hostel fees were increased from 50% to 100%.

The House raised concerned that the hike in fees by the universities is happening against the worsening poverty level in the country, inflation and high rate of unemployment and the recent fuel price hike;

It added that the increase could cause disruptions for a number of students who cannot not afford the fees and, while many of them would be forced to defer their studies, others could drop out;

In another Development,the House also urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to halt its recent directive to Commercial Banks on the addition to social media handles on “know Your Customer” requirements, thus making it mandatory for Commercial Banks to comply.

The house mandate the Committee on Banking and Currency (when constituted) to investigate the matter and report back within three (3) weeks for further legislative action;

It also mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance (when constituted) to ensure implementation.

The House adjourned plenary to Wednesday, July 12th 2023 by 11:00, AM following a motion moved to that effect by the Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Abdullahi Halims and seconded by the Minority Leader, Hon. Kingsley Chinda.