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Students’  Protests: NDU refutes ‘erroneous’  media reports

Niger Delta University

As the state  government quickly intervene in the recent crisis in the Niger Delta University, management of the institution has stated its position on the matter

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prof edoumiekumoIn a Statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mr. Ingezi  Idoni entitled   “Niger  Delta  University  Students’  Protest;  Setting The Records Straight”,   the Management  said “the social media has  been inundated with several falsehood pertaining to the Niger Delta University in respect to the closure of the school fees/registration of courses portal and the imposition of uniform on students. Several positions have been canvassed by the public and some members of the university community. It has become pertinent that the true position of the university be presented for the records and posterity.

”  Closure of School Fees Payment/ Course Registration Portal The University has rules and regulations for the payment of fees and registration of courses (See page 12, sections 2.4, 2.5, & 2.6 of the Student Handbook of May, 2015).

“The University in implementing these regulations for the 2019/2020 academic session in August, 2019 met a  similar  agitation  by  students.  As  stakeholders  of  the University,  the Bayelsa State House of Assembly intervened and pleaded  with  the University  Management  for  an  extension of  the deadline for payment of fees and course registration for one month (being  30th  October,  2019).

“At  the  end  of  the  October,  2019 deadline, the University Senate still extended the deadline to allow students  to  register  before  the  1st  semester  examinations. Consequently,  the  payment  and  registration  of  courses  was  left open for another One year ten months and was only closed on the 11th  of  June,  2021  as  against  the  One  month  extension  earlier agreed  with  the  Bayelsa  State  House  of  Assembly.

“During  this period, the University Senate also graciously allowed the students to register for their courses without payment of school fees, some students complied while others refused. It was also discovered that many  persons,  who  claim  to  be  students  have  no  evidence  of payment of fees nor registration of courses from year one to their penultimate year.

“Some do not even have matriculation number but claim to have been writing exams with JAMB registration numbers which is absurd in a University system.   The University Senate, in order to compute and approve results of duly registered students, decided to close the portal at the expiration of a two weeks notification period in June 11, 2021 in line with the rules and regulations contained in the Student Handbook of May, 2015.

“Student Dress Code The  issue  of  dress  code  is  the  practice  of  all  Universities.  The University must be seen as a place that inculcates discipline and encourages good behaviour. Senate observed in several occasions that  students  violate the  existing  dress code  as  contained in  the Student  Handbook.

“The  University  Senate  insists  that  the  dress code  must  be  implemented  in  full;  and  also  encourages  the professional  programmes  to  adhere  strictly  to  their  professional conduct  and  dress  codes.  In  view  of  that,  the  Vice-Chancellor interacted with the student community on faculty basis. “So, there was no imposition of uniform at any point in time and at no time did the University request students to pay any amount for uniforms.

“The public may be informed that there are programmes that are already complying  with  the  University  dress  code  as  contained  in  the Student Handbook. i.e., Faculty of Law, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mass Communication programme in  Faculty  of  Social  Sciences  and  Guidance  and  Counselling programme in the Faculty of Education.

 

“Please note that in all these instances the University was not involved in the procurement of their dresses.   The  University  Management  wishes  to  inform  the  public  to discountenance  whatever  rumour  trending  in  the  social  media.  The University is committed to delivering on its mandate.”

 

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