The Chairman of Rivers Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Omoni Ayo-Tamuno,
has urged the Federal Government to check high tuition fees charged by universities in the country.
Ayo-Tamuno made the call at the Graduation Ceremony/Launching of Stella Maris College magazine in Port Harcourt on Friday.
He said that most tertiary institutions in the country were extorting students, especially those seeking admission to universities.
Ayo-Tamuno said government should also look into admission policies of universities because the current existing policy has negative impact on candidates awaiting their Senior School Certificate Examination results.
“This call has become imperative in view of the fact that universities had never made it a condition that only candidates with exam result should sit for JAMB.
Relevant government agencies should direct universities to allow candidates awaiting results to enrol into tertiary institutions.
“If this is not done, a lot of prospective candidates that wrote JAMB will miss their admission while funds paid would be losses to parents and guardians,” he said.
Ayo-Tamuno said the union would continue to direct the attention of government at all levels to the challenges faced by students in tertiary institutions across the country.
Earlier, the Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Anthony Baakel, said that the school would continue to produce students who would contribute meaningfully to national development.