Tuition Fee Hike: Shun Acts Capable Of Disrupting Academic Session—FG Warns Students, Others

By Damilare Adeleye
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Hon. Dr. Tanko Yusuf Sununu (Minister of State for Education)

The Federal Government has appealed to students, parents and lecturers in various institutions of higher learning to shun acts capable of disrupting the academic session as schools get set for resumption.

Hon. Dr. Tanko Yusuf Sununu, Minister of State for education, made the appeal when the leadership of the congress of university Academics paid him a courtesy call ahead of the resumption of academic activities in tertiary institutions.

In a statement issued by Ben. Bem Goong, Director Press And Public Relations for the Ministry, the Minister said the show of restraint is in the interest of all stakeholders, and system stability.

“The Minister noted that his Ministry is having constructive dialogue and consultation with stakeholders over the welfare of students, staff as well as the provision of infrastructure in tertiary institutions.

“Acknowledging that strikes and non-use of facilities could lead to rapid infrastructural decay, the Minister promised that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will do everything humanly possible to avoid any situation that could lead to strikes.

“Speaking earlier, Comrade Niyi Sunmonu, President of the Congress of University Academics, told the Minister that there is the likelihood of students unrest occasioned by the new increase in school fees, which he said has the potential of disrupting academic activities and the school calendar.

“The union also appealed to government to look into ways of improving the condition of service of academic and non-academic staff of universities, which he said has deteriorated due to the fuel subsidy removal.

“The union reasoned that there was need to revisit the issue of the 8-months salary arrears that arose from the last strike by the academic staff union of universities (ASUU), arguing that members of the Congress of University Academics did not go on strike, ” the statement read.