ABEOKUTA – A non-government organisation, Scholarship Aid Initiative, has called on management of Federal Universities to consider the option of introducing new tuition fee so as to meet up their financial obligations.
Dr. Adebayo Oluwatosin , African Regional President of the organisation, stated this in Abeokuta on Friday at a stakeholders forum organized by the body.
The theme of the programme was Incessant Strike in the Tertiary Institutions : The Present and Future Effect on Nigeria Education and Economic System.
Oluwatosin explained that funding of university education should not be left alone in the hands of the Federal government, saying that students of Federal universities needed to pay more tuition fees.
He opined that free education, especially at the tertiary institution level was no longer achievable in the country.
The educationist added that the Federal government owned universities must charge tuition to augment the subventions coming from the government.
He noted that the universities should be able to support the government in providing some basic amenities which would at the end of the day must have met some of the demands of ASUU.
The regional president also urged ASUU and Federal government to device better means of negotiating and put an end to the current strike action.
“Education is expensive, the Federal government must allow students of Federal universities to pay school fees. The parents are ready to pay and the money generated from this school can be used to finance whatever the problem is.
“We have never seen any positive impact that this strike method has brought out. I believe that there should be other ways in which ASUU and the government come together and resolve their differences.
He appealed to government to always make promises that would be fulfilled so that there would not be issues at the end.
The organization also offered scholarship to more than 2000 undergraduates across the country and parents were appreciative of the gesture.
Organizers say the aim of the initiative was to make education easier for the less privileged in the society by assisting students towards their careers.