Eighty-six students of Bauchi origin who are on state government scholarship which was initiated by Isa Yuguda, at Igbinedion University, Edo State, risked being sent out from the university due to Bauchi government’s inability to pay their fees.
The affected students said the university management informed them that the school was tired of their indebtedness, and might no longer allow them to continue attending lectures.
“We have been subjected to all kinds of humiliation, embarrassment and psychological trauma because every day we are being told we are defaulters who are reaping from the tuitions paid by other students especially those not under any scholarship,” the students said.
Although the scholarship programme covers their welfare as well, the students said they resorted to begging on campus for survival, since they had not received upkeep allowance for two years now from the Bauchi government.
“Please we need help. We want Nigerians to help us beg Bauchi state government to pity our conditions and save us from being pushed out of the campus, and also save our future,” the students pleaded when they spoke.
The Registrar, Igbinedion University, Eddy Okoro, confirmed that the affected students had not paid their tuition fees for three years now.
Mr. Okoro said, “For God sake, this is a private university and not a charity organization.”
The university may soon take the ultimate option of sending the students away from the campus”, the registrar said.
He said the school had approached the Bauchi government several times on the issue, without getting any positive response. “It is not a normal thing to allow students seat for examinations without paying their fees. But we gave that consideration to the state government’s candidates because they are from corporate outfits. Our private students are not allowed to write examinations when they don’t pay their fees. We have students from the federal government amnesty programme, they pay. Of course you can’t treat corporate clients like you treat the private students; a government is a government. But on this case, the government has just refused to act; nobody is talking to you despite several entreaties to them.”
Usman Abdulwahab, 21 years old pharmacy student, ranked as the overall best student in the university and is among those to be withdrawn. The school registrar, Mr. Okoro, who confirmed Mr. Abdulwahab’s excellence academic performance, said the scholarship programme wasn’t a bad investment at all for the Bauchi government. “The students are really doing well,” Mr. Okoro said. Besides Mr. Abdulwahab who the registrar said is classified as a scholar, the other Bauchi students have also excelled in their respective classes.
One of them, a female sophomore student of medicine, Rahmat Minka’el, tops her class as overall best. Also, 16 of the students have so far made it to the First Class level, while many of them are within the Second Class Upper region.
Mr. Nasiru Yalwa who is the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi Ministry of Education when contacted, explained the effort the government was making to settle the problem. “Last time, about two months ago, the officials of the Igbinedion University came to Bauchi and we discussed with them and my Honorable Commissioner, and since then we have processed the case, and we are just waiting for the release of the fund which I believe will be very soon,” he said.
This is a case of abandoned promises which has been a huge problem to this nation. We pray these students get sorted out soon.
Auchi polytechnic dean of students’ affairs found dead in office
Dean, Students’ Affairs, Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Dr. Shola Eshiobo, has been found dead in his office.
A family source said the lifeless body of Eshiobo was discovered in his office on Sunday morning, after the wife raised the alarm that the lecturer did not return home from work on Saturday.
“He went to office Saturday afternoon that he was going to attend to some official matter. He normally goes to the office when he has so much to do. At about 9pm when he was not back, the wife started calling his line, but the call was not returned. She tried until late, still no response.
“Early Sunday morning, she raised the alarm and told people around that the husband went to the office on Saturday but did not return. They went to the school, saw his vehicle at the car park, but when they got to his office, they found him dead. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary,” the source said.
He said though no foul play was suspected, an autopsy would still be carried out by the family to ascertain the cause of his death.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Mr. Mustapha Oshiobugie, has described the incident as unfortunate.
“We heard about the unfortunate incident this morning (Sunday). The body has been taken to the morgue. An official statement will be made available on Monday,” he said.
Governor Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde
Oyo State Governor, Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde
According to the document below, Professor Michael Ologunde has been asked to step aside till further notice by the Visitor to the institution, Governor of Oyo State.
Bala Mohammed Approves Payment Of 2021 UTME, NECO Fees For Bauchi Students
The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has approved the payment of UTME registration fees for 3,810 students who got grades A and B in the recently concluded SSCE Aptitude Test in the State.
The Commissioner for Education, Bauchi State, Aliyu U. Tilde, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.
The statement said the governor has also approved payment of NABTEB exams fees for all the 1,751 SS3 students of Government Technical Colleges along with the 499 students sitting for NBAIS exams from Government Arabic Colleges.
“Next year, these categories will also be subjected to passing the Aptitude Test.
“As usual, NECO registration fees for 11,580 successful candidates who scored A, B and C in the Aptitude Test will also be paid.
“The total cost of these sponsorships is N185,580,550.00.
“The state government does not owe any of the three national examination bodies a kobo.
“He has approved the clearing of the new amount by August ending, In Shaa Allah,” the statement noted.
According to the commissioner, for students to be eligible, they must obtain their National Identity Number, NIN.
“Arrangements are underway to see the immediate registration of students in their nearest local government headquarters,” Mr Tilde added.
“The Ministry is ready to pay for any eligible student who has a NIN.
“The list of A and B grade students eligible for the UTME sponsorship will be released to schools through their emails.
“At the same time it will also be published on Principals’ WhatsApp platform.”
Mr Tilde revealed that the sponsorship is only a means of providing ease to students, saying that it would not be mandatory on the government each year.
“The payment of UTME registration fees I must hasten to say will not be a mandatory policy on government.
“Rather, it will be enjoyed by meritorious students any year the government is pleased to do so within the confines of its revenue.
“In other words, it is a palliative, or say incentive that will be given whenever feasible,” he concluded.
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