Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The fate of Bauchi medical students on scholarship in Igbinedion university hangs in the balance

Eighty-six Bauchi state scholarship students in Igbinedion University (IUO), Edo State, are in danger of being forced out of school for failure to pay their tuition.

Out of the 86 students, 64 are studying medicine and medicine-related courses such as pharmacy, nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and microbiology.

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.

They wrote: “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 Registrar, Igbinedion University, Eddy Okoro, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the affected students had not paid their tuition fees for three years now. He said: “For God's sake, this is a private university and not a charity organization.”

He said the school had approached the Bauchi government several times on the issue, without getting any positive response.

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.
and the state is working on resolving the problem.

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