The National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, has expressed concern over the recent 200% rise in fees at federal universities, claiming that it may lead to students dropping out.
NAAT also opposed the dissolution of university governing boards and requested that the federal government reinstall the dissolved boards.
These and other statements were made available to media in Abuja on Sunday by NAAT President, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, at the conclusion of the NAAT’s 52nd National Executive Council meeting.
The group expressed its displeasure with the recent rise in tuition prices in tertiary schools, saying, “NAAT is worried and concerned too with the recent development regarding the increase in fees and charges in our Federal Institutions, particularly Universities.”
“This development may force many of our students to drop out of school as a result of the current economic hardship experienced by parents and a lack of adequate resources to meet economic demands.”
“We are aware that university authorities have imposed a 200% increase in fees and charges.” As a result, NAAT urges the government to respect the condition of the poor and reverse the decision by reverting to the status quo until the loan issue is addressed.”
The dissolution of university governing boards, according to the organization, was a setback for the growth and development of Nigeria’s Tertiary Education.
The union argued that the dissolution would cripple the country’s tertiary institutions’ activities, particularly in the areas of promotion, motivation, welfare, contracts, and project documentation, as well as laboratory facilities for practical and research.
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