Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged the authorities of federal universities across the country to “immediately suspend the plan to increase tuition and school fees.
He said this is especially because the majority of the people have been pauperised as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.
Falana made the call in a statement signed by Tayo Soyemi on behalf of Falana and Falana Chambers yesterday.
According to the senior lawyer, since the federal government has not lifted the 1975 policy which abolished the payment of tuition fees in federal tertiary institutions, the federal universities lack the power to impose astronomical tuition fees on students.
There have been reports that some universities, including the University of Lagos, hiked tuition fees for new and returning undergraduate students.
A late Friday statement from the institution hinged the move on what it described as the “prevailing economic realities”.