The House of Representatives went on Wednesday urging the Federal Government to increase funding of public Universities on other to manage the excessive drive for Internally Generated Revenue, IGR at the expense of popular access to public education in Nigeria.
The proposal was revealed at the plenary, at the floor of the House of Representatives in the process of passing the motion on the need to investigate the acceptance fees that is been charged at tertiary institutions in the country, sponsored by Julius Ihonvbere.
In his statement, while leading debate on the motion that, arbitrary high acceptance fees charged by some public Universities on students who newly gained admission into the university is becoming a great matter of concern, noting that; “raising frustration over the exorbitant fees which subject new students and their parents to excruciating hardship to meet up, against the backdrop that public universities are supposed to be tuition-free ’’
“Acceptance Speech is discriminatory as they have become a more or less internal revenue-generating mechanism, thus constituting an impediment to the smooth process of entry into universities,” he said.
The lawmaker went on to note that if this is left unresolved, acceptance fees, presently charged by tertiary institutions may stealthily replace school fees, which will definitely affect the number of students that may gain entry.
Ihonvbere who currently chairs the House Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Services acquiesced that the repercussion of exorbitant acceptance fees in public universities has led to a lot of indigent students losing their admission due to their inability to afford fees.
With the motion been adopted, the House mandated its committee on Tertiary institutions and services to investigate the development and give a feedback to the plenary within the next 4 weeks for further action.