School Fees: NANS gives PTI 24hrs ultimatum to reverse tuition fees

A section of students of the institute
By Achiever Peterson
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given the management of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Effurun, Delta State, a 24-hour ultimatum to make an unconditional reversal of the official tuition fee schedule for both new and old students of the institution.

President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, in a statement, decried the new tuition fee as officially released by the school management, describing it as anti-people.

Obasi recalls that four years ago when he graduated from the same institute, his last tuition fee was N14, 000, saying it's so embarrassing to see an official recommendation of about N81, 000 and N91, 000 respectively for old and new students.

“We understand that times are hard and the Nigerian economy isn't stable. That notwithstanding, Nigerian students must not be used as a means of increasing internally generated revenue (IGR),” the NANS president said.

Obasi also pointed out that the Act establishing PTI is exceptionally different from other conventional tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

In his statement, PTI is a special institution whose mandate is to train specialized technicians to meet up the global competition in the oil and gas industry. Ordinarily, the millions of dollars claimed by the PTDF, Nigerian government and TETFUND to train people abroad is suppose to be done in the Petroleum Training Institute(PTI) Effurun, he said.

"My administration hopes to partner with the PTI management to take advantage of the President Mohammadu Buhari anti corruption strides to expose the level of abandoned projects, infrastructural decay, lack of adequate training of teachers and poor funding of the institute, not wanting to feed fat on the harmless, helpless, marginalized and lawful Nigerian students," Obasi said.

The national leadership of NANS also called on relevant stakeholders in PTI and the Minister of Petroleum (President Mohamadu Buhari), whom PTI is under his ministry for National Peace and Progress to advice the PTI m
anagement to unconditionally "reverse this devilish tuition fee schedule within 24 hourrs, failure which he said the national secretariat of NANS shall be relocated to the institute.
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