We don’t charge tu­ition, says UNILORIN

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Femi Ibirogba

THE Univer­sity of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has de­bunked in­sin­u­a­tions that it had in­creased its tu­ition. A state­ment made avail­able to by the Di­rec­tor of Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Kunle Ako­gun, ex­plained that the univer­sity had never charged any stu­dent tu­ition, but hos­tel and util­i­ties main­te­nance fees.

“The at­ten­tion of the man- age­ment of the Univer­sity of Ilorin has been drawn to the mis­in­for­ma­tion cur­rently trend­ing on the so­cial me­dia over the slight ad­just­ment in the univer­sity’s charges start­ing from the 2018/2019 aca­demic ses­sion.

“We wish to put the record straight and as­sure our ever re­spon­si­ble stu­dents of the man­age­ment’s good in­ten­tions.

“What we have here is univer­sity charges and fac­ulty charges. The items that make up the charges are sim­ply fun­da­men­tal.

“For in­stance, ex­am­i­na­tions re­main sacro­sanct. The same for pro­vi­sion of state-of-the-art health and li­brary fa­cil­i­ties, in ad­di­tion to sta­ble elec­tric­ity and un­in­ter­rupted wa­ter sup­ply.”

The in­sti­tu­tion pointed out that what was ob­tain­able about 12 years ago could no longer sus­tain the sys­tem.

“It should be pointed out that even with the slight ad­just­ment in charges, UNILORIN is still among the low­est (if not the very low­est) charg­ing fed­eral uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try. This can be con­firmed by com­par­ing statistics of what is payable in other uni­ver­si­ties.

“This, how­ever, does not fore­close ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween the univer­sity man­age­ment and stu­dent leaders for rea­son­able con­ces­sion,” the di­rec­tor said.

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