The Presidency has insisted that public universities funded by the federal government continue to be tuition-free.
This information was released in a statement on Wednesday by Dele Alake, Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy.
Recall that the management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG had recently increased fees for undergraduate student from N19,000 to new fees of N190,250 for students studying medicine and N140,250 for courses that require laboratory and studio.
The increase had caused a public uproar as many criticised the measure in light of the elimination of fuel subsidies.
But the Presidential spokesman claimed that it was proven that what was once thought to be tuition costs were actually optional expenses assessed by each university for things like lab fees, registration, and dormitory accommodations.
But he added that the Students’ Loans Scheme, which is part of the Student Loans Bill that President Tinubu signed into law last month, would be implemented before the start of the following academic year in September.
Alake continued by saying that the federal government would expand additional programmes to aid needy students.