Owing to what it alleged to be misappropriation and mismanagement of funds as well as extortion of students, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has written the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for a thorough investigation of the management of the University of Ibadan, UI.
In a petition signed by its chairman, Comrade Asubiojo Olujuwon, NANS, asked what the fund made from the continued collection of a compulsory students’ union levy of N200 for two consecutive sessions after the students’ union was summarily suspended by this same administration was used for.
Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),
PETITION AGAINST FINANCIAL MISAPPROPRIATION, MISMANAGEMENT AND EXTORTION IN THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN: A CALL FOR INVESTIGATION & PROSECUTION
With respect, we write to bring to your attention, for your relevant investigation and subsequent prosecution, instances of perceived financial mismanagement and corruption being perpetrated by the management of the University of Ibadan.
Sir, the said instances, notable among which is the continued collection of a compulsory students’ union levy of N200 for two consecutive sessions after the students’ union was summarily suspended by this same administration. One can only wonder where such sums now accumulating into millions of Naira has ended up, as the fee is being charged both from postgraduate and undergraduates students alike.
In addition, also of paramount interest is the I.D card issue in the school, which was only resolved recently. An incidentthat saw students not issued ID cards for two full sessions and when the issuance was eventually done, an entire session was fraudulently bypassed as students only received ID cards for the last session, and not the one before. Also, several students graduated within this period without receiving these I.D cards, and as the time of this petition, we have no knowledge of any refund system to address this.
Equally worthy of your due referenceand attention is the very suspicious technology fee, which was levied on students for the 2019/2020 session for the first time. The said fee is being charged at the sum of N6,500 naira per student and yet key members of the university management have declined that such is meant for the provision of internet facilities. It is instead claimed that such fee is only meant for “Portal access”. Please note that the same “Portal access” was previously charged at just N2,500. Wewonder what newtechnologyis being developed to warrant an increment of over 200 per cent.
Furthermore, despite the fact that students are still being charged every session for the issuance of the studentsinformation handbook, as attached school receipt indicates, no issuance of such, either by hand, post or any known means has been done in the last five sessions. This is surely a blatant case of extortion and should be duly addressed.
In our capacity as the voice of Nigerian students in Oyo state, we areappalledand aggrieved that such referenced atrocities of corruption are being nonchalantly displayed in the premier university, and we trust that you will not just look intothis petition, but investigate properly and act appropriately in the interest of justice and fairness.