Professor Rahmon Bello was acting vice chancellor of UNILAG for about six months before his emergence in a substantive capacity on November 12, 2012 as the institution’s 11th vice chancellor. He disclosed to grapevine that Nigerian university education is cheapest in the world.

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Professor Rahmon Bello

You are widely travelled, and you may be aware that in the US, if you do not have sufficient number of students for a certain class, the lecturer in charge will not be paid for that class. Will you say that university education is more expensive there and relatively cheaper in Nigeria?

“In terms of cost, as you know there are three categories of universities in Nigeria, which are the Federal, the state and the private, and each of these universities has varying fees for the same degrees, even though the quality might change from here to there. Then we go through various disruptions in our academic calendars which the private universities are absolved from, you can therefore see the distinction.”
“So in terms of cost, university education is not expensive in Nigeria. Right now students in the Federal universities enjoy tuition free services, so government is paying for virtually everything in the federal institutions, whether that is okay or not is a different thing. But it is what is currently in place. In fact, there is no other country in the world today that has it as cheap as it is in Nigeria”.

“Whatever students pay in federal institutions today are just service charges. It is definitely the cheapest you can find in the world” he said.

Do you agree with him?

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