Following the failure of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to pressure the federal government to provide more funds, several prominent Nigerian public universities have taken matters into their own hands by increasing their tuition fees. According to a report by The Punch, many federal universities across the country have announced a staggering 200 per cent hike in registration and tuition fees for students.
Here is a list of some of the universities that have recently hiked their tuition fees:
- Federal University, Dutse: The university reportedly announced a 200 per cent increase in tuition fees for the 2022/2023 academic session through a memo issued in December 2022. To alleviate the financial burden, students are allowed to pay fees in two installments of 60 per cent and 40 per cent per semester, respectively. Additionally, discounts are provided for the children of university workers.
- University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID): The University of Maiduguri attributed its decision to increase associated fees to rising inflation in the country. The new tuition fees for various programs are as follows:
- New students in Medicine – N252,500
- New students in Medical Laboratory and Nursing – N136,500
- New students in Anatomy – N162,500
- New students in Physiotherapy – N131,500
- New students in Radiography – N133,500
- Old students in the Faculty of Basic and Medical Sciences – Between N112,000 and N258,000
- Federal University, Lafia (FULafia): The Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa state, has reportedly increased registration fees for some programs, reaching as high as N150,000. Notably, the registration fee is separate from the tuition fees paid by the students.
- University of Uyo (UniUyo): The University of Uyo has raised the tuition fees for returning students from N50,000 to over N100,000.
New Medical students will now pay N105,750, while returning Medical students would pay N107,750.
New and old students in the Faculty of Education will pay N75,750 and N77,750, respectively.
Returning students in the Faculty of Social Sciences will pay N107,750, while new students will pay N105,750.
- Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike: Blaming the escalating cost of providing services, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, has also increased its tuition fees. The university made this announcement in December 2022.
In response to the federal government’s refusal to pay full salaries to lecturers during the 2022 strike period, ASUU is considering legal action. However, the union’s president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, expressed concerns over the slow dispensation of justice in Nigerian courts, labeling the legal process a potential waste of time.