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08-07-2016 14:09:00 +0000
The National Association of Nigerian Students
has rejected kicked the introduction of the
admission screening fee of N2,500 by the
Federal Government through the Ministry of
Mr Gbenga Ayenuro, the NANS Vice
President, said this in a statement made
available to newsmen in Akure on Friday.
“NANS, which has been, and will always be, at
the forefront of any and every kind of
exploitation of Nigerian students in any guise
was relieved by the recent ban on post-
“As it was a long overdue decision to end the
exploitation of prospectively- Nigerian
students seeking admission.
“And it was a policy that endeared the
Federal Government to the hearts of
Nigerian masses; it was widely jubilated and
welcomed by all concerned stakeholders in
the Nigerian education sector,” he said.
According to him, it is surprising, appalling,
anti-masses and unethical, for the federal
government to submit to pressure from the
heads of tertiary institutions by introducing
the post-UTME screening fee.
He noted that the policy somersault was
tantamount to the government being
insensitive to the growing economic meltdown
being experienced by parents and guardians
of prospective students all over the country.
Ayenuro said that NANS viewed the
introduction of the post-UTME screening fee
as another way of extorting and exploiting
He alleged that it was another avenue of
enriching management of various tertiary
institutions across the length and breadth of
“Nigerian students can no longer keep mute
in the face of the general hardship
confronting the Nigerian masses.
“Our parents and guardians have become
incapable of sending us stipends for our
upkeep let alone of paying for our tuition
“The food and provision stores in all our
various campuses are undergoing abysmally
low patronage from students due to the ever
increasing high price tag of virtually all
“We cannot continue to keep mute while our
future is being mortgaged and short
changed by this present administration,’’ he
Ayenuro therefore issued a three-working
day ultimatum to the ministry to reverse its
decision on imposition of post-UTME
screening fee as the most important
stakeholder in the Nigerian education sector.
He said that failure to reverse the new
policy would result in a peaceful protest at
the Ministry of Education, Abuja, at a date
to be announced.