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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Problems facing Alex Ekwueme university, Ebonyi

Federal University Ndufu Alike ikwo, is one of the nine federal
universities built by GEJ.
Students including finalist were stopped from writing exams for
the first time since the creation of the school.
ATTENTION FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA
ATTENTION VICE - CHANCELLOR AE-FUNAI
ATTENTION DEAN STUDENT AFFAIRS AE-FUNAI
ATTENTION CHAIRMAN FUNAI PARENTS FORUM AE-FUNAI
ATTENTION PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY (AE-
FUNAI)
ATTENTION EBONYI STATE GOVERNMENT
ATTENTION AE-FUNAI SUG PRESIDENT
ATTENTION AE-FUNAI SUG PRESIDENT ELECT
ATTENTION NANS PRESIDENT
ATTENTION NANS ZONE B COORDINATOR
ATTENTION NANS ZONE B DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
ATTENTION NANS/JCC CHAIRMAN EBONYI STATE
ATTENTION CITIZENS OF NIGERIA WHO BELIEVE IN FAIR
TREATMENT TO AND FOR ALL
RE: AE-FUNAI SCHOOL FEES POLICY AND THE FATE OF
INDIGENT AE-FUNAI STUDENTS
Preamble
The Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo is one
of the 9 Federal Universities established by the Goodluck
Jonathan Led administration in 2011.
The young institution and her Students have faced numerous
challenges in various areas.
From Limited Finance to Security down to the outrageous price
commonest commodity, AE-FUNAI since its inception and
operation in 2012 like the proverbial Camel, has been saddled
up at one time or the other in extremely difficult situations
which could be likened to the Eye of the Needle the most
recent being the Security fee saga which sought and still seeks
to wreck and render the students and their sponsors Bankrupt.
Matters Arising
First it was the levying of 2000 naira on all students. On
inquiry, it was however clarified that the levy was a collective
agreement by Parents (I wonder where these parents gathered)
who sought to assist the University in provision of seats as it
was obvious from investigation carried out that Students sat on
blocks to take Their Lectures due to the lack of seats in the
University Lecture Halls.
Seeing that a lot of Students complied, the University
Management under the Leadership of Prof Chinedum Nwajiba
thought it wise to further consolidate on the introduction of the
FUNAI PARENTS FORUM (referred to as FPF afternow) , a
creation which its relationship with FUNAI students until recently
was cordial in the sense that the FPF suddenly developed
'Vapireristic' abilities which it deployed in levying 50,000 and
5000 naira on Year one and Returning students Respectively as
Security Levy.
When the Student Leadership in AE-FUNAI Under Comrade
Prince Dave Franky Okafor took up the issue to seek a redress,
readjustment and relapse of the security levy policy, the
University Management deployed both known and Unknown
means to render their efforts null and void.
That Achieved, the University Management went ahead to
introduce and enforce the 'No school fees No Exam Policy' , a
Draconian Policy which successfully disqualified Final Year
Students from writing their Exams irrespective of the Reasons
why they've were unable to pay the specified fee for the
session.
Imagine a situation where our poor students have struggled for
3 long donkey years only to be made to miss their final year
exams.
Now this is an automatic Carryover. Implicatorily, Extra year
stares such affected students right in the face.
One is now left to ask if the measure taken by the University
was the best option?
Does the University Management not know that the same way
it is Crying for money due to the Economic Hardship which
pervades the country currently is also the same way FUNAI
STUDENTS AND THEIR SPONSORS are affected?
Does the University Management not know that a good number
of The students are self sponsored?
Having stated the above, I want to state it here and now that if
nothing is done , what affected the final year students is sure
to affect students in other levels in their exams scheduled to
start in two weeks time.
As a matter of fact, 100l level students who are yet to pay the
50000 naira security fee are yet to been given Matriculation
Numbers. By implication, such students will not be allowed to
to write exams since they've not registered their courses
despite having paid other charges approved by the University.
The Way Forward and Recommendations
We appreciate the Vice Chancellor and his Team for their
efforts towards the development of the University.
However, In as much we understand the usefulness of the
Security fee, we also want to make it clear that it should not in
any way prevent any student who is who has paid other
approved charges from writing his or her exams
The entirety of FUNAI students should be allowed to sit for
their exams however, the result of students yet too register
their courses for the semester should be withheld until such
students have duly registered the required courses.
The President of AE-FUNAI SUG should be adopted as a
member of the FUNAI PARENTS FORUM. This will help him
advocate for students as well as help reshape policy decisions
at the policy planning stage prior to its implementation
Finally, a reduction of the 50000 naira security fee by not less
than 40% should be considered as the sum is wholly
outrageous and connotes exploitation.

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