Ekiti State University Threatens to Expel 10,000 Students
Authorities of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, have threatened to expel about 10,000 students who have not paid the reparation fee of N6, 500 and completed the new screening exercise imposed on the students by the university.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oladipo Aina, said this at a meeting held with principal officers of the university on Friday.
The university had slammed the fee on all its students and asked them to come for the verification of their status following the vandalisation of some buildings and looting of the livestock farms of the university during a violent demonstration on September 28.
The protest which also left about 10 vehicles completely burnt was triggered off when the news of the death of a final year student of the Accountancy Department, Abiola Yusuf, who was knocked down by a vehicle, filtered into the campus.
The university was shut down following the protest but was reopened on December 3 for commencement of the screening exercise.
The source said, “The university has fixed December 14 , 2012 for all students to conclude the screening exercise. Any student who fails to meet up with the deadline may lose his or her studentship.
“The screening exercise requires all students to submit a sworn affidavit of good conduct, letter of undertaking from their parents as well as receipts for payment of the reparation fee and evidence of payment of school fees, among other demands.
“Some of the students have complied with this directive and some are still undergoing the process. But about one third of the student population have not turned up and the university authorities have agreed that any student who neglects this directive would no longer be regarded as a student of EKSU.”
He added that the university had made new security arrangements on the campus and that plain cloth security operatives would also monitor activities of students outside the campus.
When contacted, the Deputy Registrar Information of EKSU, Mr. Olubunmi Ajibade, said the university had set a deadline for the closing of the screening exercise and there was no going back on it.