management of Osun State University, Osogbo has resolved to expel over
4,000 students of the institution who refused to pay their tuition fees
within the stipulated period which would expire on 28 of February.
a press statement issued from the Corporate Affairs Unit of the
university and signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr Gafar Shitu, the
management of UNIOSUN said any student that failed to pay the tuition
fees before the expiration of February 28, 2017 deadline would no longer
be considered to be a student of the university.
Chancellor of the university, Professor Labode Popoola earlier told
noted that students owed the university a backlog of school fees to the
tune of N2billion (Two Billion Naira). According to the statement, a
total of four thousand, four hundred and ten (4,410) students have not
paid their school fees whereas majority of these students have collected
the money from their parents but either “invested” in the failed MMM
scheme or diverted same to other purposes.
The Registrar said no
fewer than 400 parents and guardians of the defaulting students have
called the University helplines to report that they had long given money
to their children to pay school fees.
“Students who cannot meet
up with the deadline and do not want their studentship terminated may
apply in writing to the school authorities to grant them leave of
absence for the current semester with a sworn affidavit, pledging to
make payment before resumption from the leave of absence. The Management
of UNIOSUN would no longer tolerate non-adherence to the deadlines for
payment and course registration as contained in the University calendar
and students handbook”.
“With regard to this current 2016/2017
academic session, late registration commenced on December 5, 2016 and
lasted till December 24, 2016 when the students’ portal was
automatically shut down. However, the University Senate at its meeting
of January 26, 2017 after observing that a large number of students had
refused to turn up in spite of ceaseless appeals, decided that the
students’ portal be reopened longer into 12th week of resumption against
the four weeks stipulated in the University regulations. The decision
of the University Senate, which was adequately communicated to all the
students on February 2, 2017, was to afford more students the
opportunity to pay their fees with effect from 17th to 24th February,
2017, a date which was later extended till February 28, 2017”.
16 February, 2017, some students embarked on a protest against the
enforcement of extant rules and regulations regarding fee payment and
registration. Investigations show that over 90 per cent of the
protesters had not registered for between two and 11 semesters, and were
thus using the stipulated late registration penalty of N10, 000 as a
smokescreen for their years of defaulting in fee payment and
The University Senate has made it clear to the
public that at no time was school fees increased and has thus decided
that no unregistered students should be permitted to write the First
Semester Examinations, which commence on Monday, March 6, 2017.
The Registrar said the defaulting students who do not seek for leave of absence will also have their studentship terminated.
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