Campaigner demands abolition of acceptance fees into tertiary Institutions

Campaigner demands abolition of  acceptance fees into tertiary Institutions

A pressure group, One Love Foundation on Wednesday asked the Federal and State government to abolish acceptance fees into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The group also threatened to seek redress in the court of law if the authority concern to rescind the decision within seven days. This request was contained in a press statement signed


A pressure group, One Love Foundation on Wednesday asked the Federal and State government to abolish acceptance fees into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The group also threatened to seek redress in the court of law if the authority concern to rescind the decision within seven days.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

This request was contained in a press statement signed by its Coordinator of the organization, Patrick Osagie Eholor, to encourage teaching and learning.

The statement said they have been overwhelmed with the outcry of the poor masses whose academic pursuit have been truncated due to their inability to pay the sum of N60, 000 as an acceptance fee before they could be admitted into the Nigerian Universities which were established with tax payers most money.

“The attention of our foundation, a duly registered, non profit, non governmental human rights organization, has been drawn to overwhelming protests and outcry from students, parents and the Nigerian public in respect of draconian, arbitrary and financially unbearable admission acceptance fees which newly admitted students are compelled to pay by Nigerian educational institutions.

“Investigations by our foundation indicate that these fees range between N40,000 to as much as N60,000 per student.

PATRICK EHOLOR, COORDINATOR, ONE LOVE FOUNDATION

“These fees pose additional hardship and dire obstacles to the tertiary education aspiration of many well-meaning Nigerian youths and parents whose enthusiastic votes brought the present administration both at state and federal level.

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It further accused the Federal government of being insensitive to the plight of the commoners adding that under this present administration, higher education has become the birth rights of the few rich Nigerians.

The statement in part reads “That under the Buhari’s administration, the draconian admission acceptance fees of your ministry, which were not paid by your generation and mine, has turned the rights of many ordinary Nigerian Citizens  to educate their Children and wards into a harrowing day-dream, contrary to what obtains in other parts of the federation.

“That subsequently, under the Buhari’s administration, only a very slim minority of Nigerians citizens who are either successful industrialists or privileged, government appointees, anointed contractors from outer space, treasury looters, fraud and politicians with deep pockets have the right to give higher education to their children”, the statement  added.

The statement further appealed to the Federal government to rescind on and abolish admission acceptance fees in all tertiary institutions in the state or be prepared for a legal action.

“Our foundation hereby stands with millions of Nigerian students, their parents and families to resist, engage, negotiate and reclaim the right of these future leaders to affordable and qualitative education by any means necessary.

“This we shall undertake especially through the instrumentality of the law if and wherever dialogue fails”, the statement said.

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