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The federal ministry of education yesterday denied that there was a planned hike in tuition fees in Nigerian universities by the federal government. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, the umbrella body of teaching staff in Nigerian tertiary institution, had alleged that the federal government was considering a hike in tuition fees to N350,000.00.

However, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of education, Mr Sunny Echono, gave the federal government’s position on the issue yesterday at a symposium in Abuja. Mr Echono said there was no such consideration by the federal government. He urged all parents and guardian to disregard such rumors and remain calm.

He said: “The federal government did not and has no intention of introducing new tuition fee in our public universities not to even mention the figure of N350.000. What is true is that the the present administration is committed to guaranteeing quality education.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the ministry of education along with the ministry of finance to jointly organize a workshop that will inform on a very sustainable and workable recommendation of funding education in Nigeria.

“And to this end, we have been engaging various stakeholders including ASUU who can come up with very useful contribution that will bring these recommendations achievable”, he concludes.