The Rivers State Ethnic Youth Leaders Coalition (RSEYLC) has called on the management of the Rivers State University (RSU) to rescind it decision of non-payment of school fees, no examination imposed on students of the institution.
The chairman of REYLC who doubles as the President-General of Ogoni Youth Federation, Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana, disclosed this in a statement signed by Amb. Tamunobelema Tamunoimama Publicity Secretary, Rivers State Ethnic Youth Leaders Coalition (RSEYLC).
While calling on the immediate sack of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nlerum Sunday Okogbule described the decision as obnoxious and barbaric, that must be condemned by well-meaning individuals and lovers of education.
“It is insensitive on the part of the authorities of RSU to be frustrating students they were supposed to help graduate on time.
“This development has reduced the institution into the level of secondary school where students are chased away for non-payment of school fees.
“This is alien to tertiary education system and those who made the decision have no respect for education.”,he said.
Speaking further, he noted that:”Students should be allowed to pursue their education unhindered and be compelled to clear all outstanding fees upon graduation and before collection of their certificates.
“This is how it is practiced globally and I am sure, Prof. Okogbole and most management staffs if not all of them, benefited from this arrangement.
“The future of Rivers State University students, majority who are from Rivers State, are being tampered with, not taking the exams will amount to not going for NYSC when due, with their colleagues from other institutions and repeating extra year, which involves extra cost and would be a double jeopardy for the students, their parents and guardians.
“We therefore call on the Governor of Rivers State and visitor to the University to not only cause this detasteful decision to be rescinded but to sack the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nlerum Sunday Okogbule#