Acceptance fees are the fees charged by management of Nigeria Universities, polytechnics, Monotechnics and colleges of Education on first timers to show that they have accepted provisional admissions.
Thursday, the Nigerian lower chamber of her bicameral legislature, the House of Representatives has directed the Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC) to immediately abolish the payment of acceptance fees in tertiary institutions in the country.
The directive followed the adoption of a motion brought by the Hon. Chinedu Martins at the plenary yesterday, calling for the abolishment of acceptance fee in tertiary institutions.
The lawmaker decried that one of the factors contributing to poor access to tertiary education is the predatory admission policies being enforced by tertiary institutions, particularly the requirement for payment of non-refundable acceptance fees as a condition for admissions.
The lawmaker lamented that many federally-operated tertiary institutions charge as much as N30, 000 per student, while some states and private institutions charge significantly more.
For instance, Martins alleged that the University of Ibadan charges N35,000; University of Lagos, N20,000; Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), N30,000; Imo State University, N70,000, University of Benin #50,000 to #70,000 and Lagos State University (LASU), N20,000.