Ogun govt reads riot act to Onabanjo University students over fees

The Ogun State government says students owe school fees will be barred from forthcoming examinations.

Following the expiration of the deadline given to students in the Olabisi Onabanjo University to regularize their records, the Ogun State Government has directed that only students who met the deadline can commence their examinations for the 2012/2013 Harmattan Semester which begins on Monday.

This was made known in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa.

The government warned all students who have not completed the registration formalities, or fully paid their school fees, to stay away from the university campuses.

The government, Mr. Adeoluwa said, had compelled the university authorities to postpone the Harmattan semester examination three times in the past to allow all students to regularize their records.

He said five categories of students were identified in the student audit conducted by the Olusegun Osinowo Visitation Panel set up in 2011 to review situation in the university.

The first category of students included those who are properly registered, have matriculation numbers and are up to date in the payment of their school fees.

The second consist of students who have matriculation numbers but requested that they be allowed to pay their school fees in installment; while the third category are those who have matriculation numbers but have defaulted in the payment of school fees over the years because they claimed their parents could not afford to pay.

The fourth category include students who are mainly in Parts 3 and 4, but did not register or pay school fees for the previous academic years.

This category had been directed by the University’s Governing Council in line with the National University Commission’s conditions to apply for reinstatement of their studentship which had lapsed as a result of their non-registration for one or more academic sessions.

The fifth group, according to the state government, consists of those without matriculation numbers, who therefore, are not registered or bona fide students of the university even though they loiter around the university campuses pretending to be students.

The State Government having reviewed the situation said that while it regarded those in the first category as the only set of qualified students who could sit for the examinations due to commence (Monday, May 20), it advised those in category five, to steer clear of the university campuses henceforth, or face the wrath of the law.

The students in categories 2 and 3, having failed to utilize the three deadlines set by the University council for them to regularize their financial records, have been advised to immediately apply for deferment of the academic year in line with the school regulations.

“As for those in the fourth category, the only option left to them is to apply to the university authorities in line with the Federal Government guidelines for their reinstatement as students. They must follow the procedure for reinstatement. Otherwise, once the university completes the compilation of the list of bona fide students of OOU and forwards it to the National University Commission (NUC), they will cease to be students’’, the government stated.

Mr. Adeoluwa said that having given enough time for all students to resolve all outstanding issues, students in the other categories save for category one any student planning to disrupt school activities will be severely punished.

Mr. Adeoluwa said the university authorities have the full backing of the State Government in their “determination to sanitize the university”.

“We appeal to all parents, guardians and indeed all students to co-operate with the government as the on-going reforms in OOU are designed to restore the university to its former glory and status in the comity of Nigerian universities.

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