Nigerian universities, partnering in the training of students under the Presidential Amnesty Scholarship Programme, have expressed concern over the delay in the payment of students’ tuition and other fees to the universities, by the scheme’s caretaker committee, saying that it is causing untold financial embarrassment for the institutions and affected students in general.
The partnering universities are: Afe Babalola University, Novena University, Lead City University, Elizade University, Benson Idahosa University, Ritman University, University of Africa, Gregory University, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Admiralty University, Achievers University, Western Delta University, Edwin Clark University, and Igbinedion University, Edo State.
The Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of Private Universities, Professor Timothy Olagbemiro, in a statement made available to journalists, wondered why the students would spend a whole session in school without their tuition and In-training Allowances (ITA) being paid.
He said the universities are self-sustaining and do not receive any subvention from government hence they could not have trained students free of charge, adding that the current situation forced many of the institutions to take bank loans at huge interest rates.
According to the statement which read in parts, “the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of Private Universities had earlier written to the Chairman, Caretaker Committee on Presidential Amnesty Programme, requesting that the money owed the universities is paid, but nothing has been done despite all the assurances.
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