By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Amidst complain that the University of Calabar is holding back the certificates of graduands who have been mobilized for National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), facts have emerged that shows that out of the 433 graduands due for service, only 240 have paid school fee up to date.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Zana Akpagu, gave the figure in a statement addressed to all the University’s Heads of Departments.
Akpagu said that those who have cleared their fees charges should pick up their certificates this morning even as he vowed to end school fee evasion by students.
He questioned why HODs administer examinations, mark scripts, present fee payment evaders/frauds and even present their results to Senate for approval which they signed and collect after approval.
“Why do you administer exams to, mark scripts, present fee payment evaders/frauds and even present their results to Senate for approval? Based on Senate approved results, certificates are signed and collected by them.
This means we graduate students who have not paid school charges due to acts of commission or omission by you!
This incidence of financial leakage is aided and abetted by faculty finance officers who either fail to check or outrightly collude with bank officials to issue fake payment receipts. This is how the racketeering operates.
Last week, I had to stop Medical Lab Science induction ceremony midway to send out fee defaulters who were already wearing academic gowns, in the presence of their parents! Out of 80 whose certificates I had already deceived into signing, only 38 had paid their fees”.
Today, out of 433 certificates of prospective NYSC candidates I have signed, only 240 have paid up after verification! Those cleared should pick up their certificates this morning,he said”.
He added that “no amount of blackmail will deter me. There is enormous will and determination on my part to stop this”.