Students of state-owned universities may pay more fees from the next academic session, if the prayers of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of the universities are granted.
The Chairman of the Pro-Chancellors Forum, Justice Aldophos Karibi-White, said yesterday that the need for the upward review of fees being charged by the universities was to enable the institutions meet the requirements of teaching and research work.
Karibi-White, who spoke at the 3rd Biennial Conference of Pro-Chancellors in Minna, Niger State, said the state-owned universities would have to hike fees if they were to carry out their mandates.
“We at the Committee of Pro-Chancellors have observed that the federal and state governments are politicising the issue of payment of fees in the universities.
“For the state universities to attain the world class standard, there is need for upward review of the fees charged.
“It is common knowledge that private primary and secondary schools charge higher fees than many of the state-owned universities,” he said.
Karibi-White expressed worried about the implementation of the agreement reached between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying proprietors of the state universities were not part of the negotiations.
He said: “I think it is vital for the survival of the university system and the realisation of the goals of university education to devise an equitable system to curb and control the appetite of ASUU members.
“The Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE) should know their proper role in university administration and confine itself within the scope. It (FMoE) is not the employer of the workers of state-owned universities and cannot lawfully and rightly intervene,” Karibi-White said.
Declaring the conference open, Niger State Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said state universities should be more proactive and innovative in sourcing funds to make them self-sustaining and independent, without compromising standard and ethics.
According to him, “I believe funding is one of the critical challenges of state-owned universities. But this should not be an excuse for lowering standard.”
The governor urged the universities to embrace the private public partnership in addressing the challenges of infrastructural development on the campus, while research should be given its place in the scheme of things.
Aliyu said government is prepared to give a prospective investor, who wants to establish a university, 100 hectares free of charge, if the development can start promptly.
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