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UNICAL announces 100% increase in undergraduate tuition fees

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UNICAL announces 100% increase in undergraduate tuition fees

The Management of the University of Calabar (UNICAL ) has announced increase in the university’s tuition fees for undergraduates by over 100 per cent.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the announcement was made in a statement made available to newsmen in Calabar on Monday.

In the statement by the institution’s spokesman, Mr Effiong Eyo, it said the upward review of the fees was taken at an emergency meeting of the university’s Senate on Friday.

The release disclosed that the implementation of the upward review takes effect from the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 academic sessions.

NAN reports that with the increment, freshers, returning students and the final year students for the non science courses are expected to pay N111,000, N91,500 and N114,000 respectively.

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In addition, they are also to pay N36,500, N21,500 and N21,500 respectively as third party dues.

Simirlarly, fees for science courses were increased to N155,000, N125,000 and N148,000 respectively for freshers, returning students and final year students.

In a likewise manner, they are also to pay N38,500, N21,500 and N21,500 respectively as third party dues.

NAN reports that before the increment, tuition fees for an average student, depending on the department, was N64, 050 for freshers, N52,050 for final year and N49,500 for the returning students.

The management noted that the increment was necessitated by the current economic reaities and the need to maintain the academic standard which the university was known for.

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FG approves 2 more private universities, total reaches 149

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FG approves 2 more private universities, total reaches 149

The federal government has sanctioned the establishment of two additional private universities in Nigeria, bringing the nation’s total count to 149 universities.

This decision elevates Nigeria’s overall university count to 274, comprising 149 private, 63 state, and 62 federal universities.

The newly approved institutions are Lighthouse University in Evbuobanosa, Edo state, and the African School of Economics, located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

During the presentation of provisional licenses to these universities in Abuja on Thursday, Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, disclosed that the approvals were granted at the Federal Executive Council meeting on December 13, 2023.

Mamman urged the university proprietors to prioritize skills development and entrepreneurship, aligning with the government’s current agenda.

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He emphasized that substantive licenses would be issued after three years if the universities meet quality assurance requirements during probation. However, failure to meet these standards could result in the withdrawal of the licenses.

Highlighting projections of Nigeria’s population reaching 400 million by 2050, Mamman stressed the need for urgent preparations to meet the educational demands of the anticipated surge.

Acting Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Maiyaki, underscored the distinctive contributions of private universities to the nation’s higher education landscape.

Maiyaki noted the NUC’s support for innovative initiatives in these institutions and emphasized the commission’s commitment to aligning curricula with global standards.

He encouraged the adherence to the code of governance for private universities, emphasizing that the venture should prioritize social service over profit, reiterating that any infractions during the probationary period could lead to the withdrawal of provisional licenses.

FG approves 2 more private universities, total reaches 149

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Why we’ll continue to approve more universities – NUC

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Why we’ll continue to approve more universities – NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced its commitment to addressing the significant gap between the demand and supply of university education in Nigeria by continuously approving the establishment of new universities.

Chris Maiyaki, the Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, revealed this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Thursday evening.

Maiyaki disclosed that the Commission has finalized approval for two additional universities, bringing the total number of universities in the country to 272, with an official announcement expected next week.

He emphasized the necessity of expanding university access, citing the substantial disparity between the number of candidates seeking admission and the limited available slots.

Maiyaki highlighted the challenges faced by families and prospective students due to the intense competition for university admission, underscoring the imperative for ongoing approval of new universities.

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He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing access to quality education by approving more universities, drawing parallels with countries like Brazil and Indonesia, which boast over 1000 universities despite having smaller populations.

Furthermore, Maiyaki discussed efforts to revitalize the university system through transnational education initiatives, including the facilitation of foreign universities operating in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary also mentioned the commission’s current processing of applications for distance learning centers, aimed at providing monitored quality education.

Addressing concerns raised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding tuition fees charged in dollars by some private universities, Maiyaki clarified that Nigerian universities are prohibited from such practices. He reassured the public that the NUC thoroughly investigated the allegations and confirmed that the mentioned university only charges dollars to foreign students, not for tuition fees. He urged the media to disseminate this information to clarify misconceptions surrounding tuition fee policies in Nigerian universities.

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Updated: Police confirm release of abducted Ekiti schoolchildren, driver killed

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Updated: Police confirm release of abducted Ekiti schoolchildren, driver killed

 

The police have confirmed the release of five pupils of Apostolic Faith School, Emure-Ekiti, Ekiti State, abducted from their school bus last Tuesday.

Three abducted female teachers of the school were also set free.

They however killed the school bus driver, according to information from the police command.

The Police Public Relations Officer Sunday Abutu, said, “All victims were rescued today at about 1.30am, but unfortunately, we lost the driver who was suspected to have been killed by the abductors.”

The children and their teachers had been with the kidnappers since they were kidnapped last Tuesday.

The police did not say if any ransom was paid or not.

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