Acceptance Fees: FG Gets Seven-Day Ultimatum

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A rights group called One Love Foundation has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the federal government to abolish admission acceptance fees into all tertiary institutions.

Concise News reports that the foundation said the abolition of the fees will increase learning in the country.

In a statement by the group on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State, it threatened to drag the federal government to court if the situation is not reversed.

“Our attention has been drawn to overwhelming protests and outcry from students, parents and the general public of Edo State and Nigeria in general in respect of oppressive and unbearable admission acceptance fees which newly admitted students are compelled to pay by the government in our various institutions,” the statement added.

“Investigations by our foundation indicate that these fees range between N40,000 to as much as N60,000 in some state per student. And that of some federal institution is even higher.

“These fees pose additional hardship and obstacles to tertiary education aspiration of our well-meaning youths and parents whose enthusiastic votes brought the present administration to power.”

It added that “under this administration, only a very slim minority of Nigeria citizens who are either successful industrialists or privileged commissioners, government appointees, anointed contractors, treasury looters, fraud and politicians with deep pockets have the right to give higher education to their children.”

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Egobiambu Emmanuel is a Mass Communication graduate from the University of Benin. He is a media enthusiast, loves reading and writing, and has a special interest in personal development. Emmanuel is a reporter with Concise News.

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