The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has expressed concern over the recent 200 percent increase in fees and charges in federal universities, saying that it may lead to students dropping out of school. In a statement issued by the NAAT President, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, at the end of its 52nd National Executive Council meeting, the association also kicked against the dissolution of universities’ governing boards and asked the Federal Government to reinstate the dissolved boards.
The union argued that the dissolution would cripple the activities of the country’s tertiary institutions, especially in the areas of promotion, motivation, welfare, contracts, and project documentation as well as laboratory facilities for practical and research.
NAAT appeals to the government to consider the plight of the poor and rescind the decision by returning to the status quo until the loan issue is properly addressed. The association also said that the dissolution of the governing boards of universities was a setback for the growth and development of Nigeria’s tertiary education.
The union called on the government to take urgent steps to address the issues raised by NAAT, as it may lead to further unrest and disruption of academic activities in the universities.
The association also urged the government to prioritize the needs of the education sector and ensure that students have access to affordable and quality education.