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DELSU part-time graduates protest extortion of illegal ‘amnesty’ fee

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By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Some part time-graduates of the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka have written to the management of the institution demanding for an end to alleged extortion of illegal fees known as ‘amnesty fee’ from them.

The protesters in a statement signed by Mr Felix Gowon urged DELSU management to take urgent steps to rectify their problems to enable them graduate to avoid open protest.

The protesters also called on the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to as a matter of urgency wade into the situation to avoid massive protest, and appealed to the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor Patrick Mouboghare to look into the alleged oppression and extortion. “This is outright injustice against our fundamental human rights in this country, they should be called to order to avoid break down of law and order in the state and the university Community,” he adds.

The statement made available to Journalists in Asaba disclosed that most of the affected graduated through weekend Programme in the University since 2016, when Professor victor Peretomode was vice Chancellor, but their graduation was not complete because they had problems of carry over courses and projects.

“Based on this, we couldn’t get our results as at when due. We tried to rectify the issues with the former vice Chancellor but there was no headway, at last, the vice Chancellor now granted us amnesty to pay the sum of N150,000 to clear and have our results, some of us paid this money before the new vice Chancellor took over the leadership, and in a twinkle of an eye, the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Andy Egwunyenga changed the whole things, and that we must pay new school fees from 2016 till date”

Mr. Gowon further claimed that while the school management insisted that payment should be made from 2016 till date, the Ex- Students kicked against the decision, insisting that it was an extortion.

He argued further: “Many of us are Jobless in the first place and we are living in real critical economic conditions, the option is that, if we’re to pay the school fees as normal process, then the amnesty fee should be totally removed. We disagree to pay the amnesty fee”.

But in a swift reaction, the University Vice Chancellor, Professor Andy Egwunyenga dispelled the allegations of extortion levelled against the management as untrue. According to him, “It is a lay down procedure for payment before they can get their results, and if they don’t pay no results. There is no extortion of whatsoever; the Ex-students are just causing trouble, this is the system all over the world in the universities, so DELSU cannot be different or removed, especially for part-time graduates”.

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