BY DAYO ADESULU
Federal Government Colleges (FGCs), also known as Federal Unity Colleges, have seen an increase in tuition from 45,000 to 100,000.
This was stated in a directive sent to all Federal Unity College principals on May 25, 2023, with the reference number ADF/120/DSSE/I and from the Office of the Director of Senior Secondary Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The Director of Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, signed a circular headed “Certified fees/ charges for Federal Unity Colleges (1st Term) for new students,” which states that new students must pay 100,000 instead of the previous 45,000.
Almost every aspect and activity of the school will be impacted by the most recent fee/charge increment, including tuition and boarding costs, uniform costs, textbook costs, deposits, exercise books, prospectus costs, caution fees, ID card costs, extra lesson costs, insurance, and more.
Similarly, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has also increased its fees by 400 per cent to meet the running expenses of the Federal Government owned institution.
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Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, vice chancellor of the university, met with leaders of the non-teaching staff unions on Thursday in the Senate Committee Chamber and discussed the proposed fees for undergraduate students.
Ogunsola revealed the new tuition increment for the school’s undergraduate students at the conference, which ranged from about N20,000 to over N100,000 depending on the degree of study.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), which represents senior staff at the institution, released a statement that stated: “Students without lab or studio use would pay N100,750, those with lab use would pay N140,250, and college of medicine undergraduates would pay N190,250.”
When asked about a discount for employee children, the vice-chancellor of the college reportedly explained the development.
According to the statement, “the vice chancellor replied that the rates were fixed nationally and could not be amended for individual student groups. The SSANU delegate, Rasaki Yusuf, asked a refund for staff members with children enrolled in the institution.