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Igbinedion University To Expel 86 Bauchi Students…See Why

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Eighty-six students of Bauchi origin who are on
state government scholarship at Igbinedion
University, Edo State, risked being sent out from
the university due to Bauchi government’s inability
to pay their fees.

Sixty-four of the 86 students are studying medicine
and medical-related courses such as pharmacy,
nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and
microbiology.
The scholarship programe was initiated by the
past administration of Isa Yuguda, PREMIUM TIMES
gathered.

The affected students, in an email sent to
PREMIUM TIMES, 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 in the mail sent on
their behalf by one Aliyu Musa.

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.

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“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.

The Registrar, Igbinedion University, Eddy Okoro,
confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES 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.

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“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, will be among those to withdraw from
studies, when the university eventually decides to
shut its door against the affected students.
The school registrar, Mr. Okoro, who confirmed
Mr. Abdulwahab’s excellence academic
performance to this newspaper, said the
scholarship programme wasn’t a bad investment
at all for the Bauchi government.

“The students are really doing well,” Mr. Okoro
said.

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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.
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the Permanent
Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry of Education,
Nasiru Yalwa, he said the problem was inherited
from the former administration of Mr. Yuguda.
Mr. Yalwa 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.




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