FUTO gives tough condition for academic resumption, imposes N12, 500 surcharge levy per student
The authorities of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), have spelt out the terms under which students of the institution would resume academic activities.
The conditions include: payment of all school fees, as well as payment of N12, 500 by each student for damages of properties by the student during their riot in February 2017.
In addition, each student will have a notarised undertaking, vouching for his or her good behaviour.
The school also came out with its findings on those behind the demonstration over alleged hike in school fees, which later turned violence.
A source told Emagazine that a number of the students, among them five final-year students, have been expelled for their roles in the riot.
But the student body in its reaction said it was still studying the terms given by the authorities.
An official of the Student Union Government (SUG), who pleaded for anonymity, said the school management was courting for trouble by asking that blanket surcharge be paid.
“They should not exonerate themselves from blames, because when the rumour of the planned hike in school fee first hit the campus, we met with them to ask for clearer picture, but they refused to address the issue before it went out of hand,” he stated.
But a notification for the student resumption notice signed by, John Unegbu, Registrar/Secretary to Senate, dated April 19, 2017, was specific on how the resumption timetable will run.
It reads in part: “All students of the Federal University of Technology ,Owerri, are hereby informed that the University will resume academic activities in continuation of the 2016/2017 Harmattan Semester as follows :
Year one students are to return on Monday, May 8, 2017, Years two and three students are to retune on Wednesday may 10, 20171/ while years four and five students are to return on May 15, 2017.
Please note that students will be allowed into the campus only with proper clearance on presentation of the following:
- Evidence of payment of approved fees in addition to damages surcharge of N12, 500, only, per student.
- Notarized undertaking to be of good behaviour.
- Students are therefore advised to pay all their fees plus the surcharge and obtain authorized undertaking before the resumption date.
Meanwhile, the Student Affairs Department is said to be bombarded with students’ and parent’ inquiries onother conditions said to have been missing in the official notice to the public.
They include that fact that dressing code could be introduced on the campus to reduce level of indiscipline said to have found its way to the school.