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86 Bauchi Students Risk Expulsion From Igbinedion University…See Why

A disturbing report from Igbinedion University, Okada; Edo State reveals that about 86 students in the school are set to lose their studentship as their state government fails to fund their education.
The students who are of Bauchi origin have been on scholarship funded by the Bauchi state government overtime before the cash-crunch that has affected the payment of their fees.
Sixty-four of the 86 students are studying medicine and medical-related courses such as pharmacy, nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and microbiology.

The scholarship programe was initiated by the past administration of Governor Isa Yuguda, Premium Times gathered.

The affected students, in an email sent to the online news platform, said the university management informed them that the school was tired of their indebtedness, and might no longer allow them to continue attending lectures.

“We have been subjected to all kinds of humiliation, embarrassment and psychological trauma because every day we are being told we are defaulters who are reaping from the tuitions paid by other students especially those not under any scholarship,” the students said in the mail sent on their behalf by one Aliyu Musa.

Although the scholarship programme covers their welfare as well, the students said they resorted to begging on campus for survival, since they had not received upkeep allowance for two years now from the Bauchi government.

“Please we need help. We want Nigerians to help us beg Bauchi state government to pity our conditions and save us from being pushed out of the campus, and also save our future,” the students pleaded.

The Registrar, Igbinedion University, Eddy Okoro, confirmed to a correspondent that the affected students had not paid their tuition fees for three years now.

Mr. Okoro said, “For God sake, this is a private university and not a charity organization.”

The university may soon take the “ultimate option” of sending the students away from the campus, the registrar said.

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