A global non-governmental education support organization, Scholarship Aid Initiative (SAI), on Friday advised the management of federal universities in Nigeria to consider the possibility of charging tuition fees to enable them to meet their financial obligations in their respective institutions.
The organization’s African Regional Chairman, Dr. Oluwatosin Adebayo, gave advice during a speech in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, during the 2022 Stakeholder Forum and the awarded scholarships to over 1,000 indigent student admission applicants from the South West. region of the country.
Adebayo specifically stated that free education, especially at the level of tertiary institutions, is no longer feasible in Nigeria, saying that all federally owned universities, as well as other tertiary institutions, have to charge tuition fees to increase subsidies from the government.
Returning to the theme: “Relentless strike action in tertiary institutions: the present and future effect on Nigeria’s education and economic system”, Adebayo lamented that the strike never had an impact positive but destroyed the education sector.
“We have never seen any positive impact that this strike method has brought out. I believe there should be other ways in which ASUU and the government come together and resolve their differences.
“The strike is not the best solution because it is killing our education system, the system is collapsing, our diplomas are no longer recognized anywhere and we continue to make mistakes.
“I am also a speaker and we suggested a lot of things to solve the crisis instead of the strike. Part of what we have suggested is that federal university students should pay tuition. Students at federal universities do not pay tuition fees.
“Education is expensive, the federal government must allow students at federal universities to pay tuition. The parents are ready to pay and the money generated by this school can be used to finance any problem”.
Explaining that the main objectives of the ISC are to facilitate the educational success of the less privileged in society, Adebayo however called on the government to always make realistic promises in order to avoid a confrontational position with any organized union in the future. .