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ASUU denies comments on tuition hike in varsities

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of
Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole, yesterday denied issuing any statement to
any media house on increment of fees in 38 universities across the
country.

Describing the reports as mischievous and devilish, he said it was a demonstration of ‘junk journalism.’

In an electronic mail to Vanguard in Ibadan, he clarified that he was
never in Abuja and neither did he speak with any medium, let alone
issuing any release concerning fee hike in varsities.

He recalled that ASUU was reported in some national dailies as having
mentioned names of 38 universities where fees have been increased by
their administrations.

Omole noted that ASUU as a responsible pro-public education and
masses union must not be linked to independent investigations conducted
on education in Nigeria to make it authentic.

ABUAD denies increase in school fees

Meantime, the  Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), has
dismissed media reports listing it among 38 Nigerian universities that
recently increased their school fees describing the report as absolute
falsehood.

In a statement by its Head, Corporate Affairs, Tunde Olofintila,
ABUAD insisted that school fees for the institution have not been
increased in the last two years.

The statement reads in part: “We want to say in clear, unambiguous
and unmistakable terms that the information which was attributed to the
Chairman of the University of Ibadan Chapter of the Academic Staff Union
of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Deji Omole, is absolute falsehood with
intent to misinform and mislead the public and deliberately distort the
facts and circumstances surrounding our fees regime in ABUAD.

“We would like to say very equivocally and unambiguously that very
much to the contrary of this spurious and speculative claim and for the
records, we have not increased our tuition fees. For the avoidance of
doubt, we have not in any way increased the tuition fees from N675,000
to N1,075,000 as claimed in the publication or at all.”

“We make bold to say that our fees have remained the same in the last
two years the biting economic recession the country is wading through
notwithstanding.’’

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