The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS has opposed the planned hike in tuition fees by the country’s higher institutions.
In a statement signed by the National PRO, Giwa Temitope and released on Saturday, NANS declared that the government’s action is “insensitive” and “embarrassing”.
The union also emphasized that the government has the resources to support and make education accessible, saying that the launch of the student loan scheme is a hoax and a ploy to get Nigerians to accept fee increases.
According to the group, there is no rationale for an increase in school fees at tertiary institutions or Unity schools.
It demanded that the increase in school fees should be suspended, adding that those who have implemented the policy should reverse it immediately.
“We must state categorically that there is no justification for increment in school fees across our tertiary institutions and even Unity schools. Our demand is clear and simple; the attempt to increase school fees must be suspended. And, those that have floated it must reverse it with immediate effect.”
NANS also called on Nigerian students to prepare for an all-round protest until the Federal Government reverses the policy, similar to the one during the prolonged ASUU strike.