FUOYE explains review of medical, acceptance fees
The management of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has explained the recent review of the institution’s medical and acceptance fees.
The school’s spokesman, Godfrey Bakji, also said that over 70 per cent of those admitted in a particular year in a university had fake credentials.
“We were shocked to learn that in a first generation university, over 70 per cent of those admitted in a particular year had fake credentials. So what to do is to prevent a repeat on our own campus.
“We contacted a professional verifier who charges N10,000 per student, so as to prevent this scourge. That is why you can see that in our last screening exercise for prospective students, we have already put in place mechanism to prevent candidates with fake credentials from coming in. Thus far, the outcomes have been mind-boggling,” he said.
The institution also picked holes in the threat by National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to disrupt academic activities on the two campuses of FUOYE on account of an unfounded allegation of fees hike.
The Director of Administration in the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Mr. Olatunbosun Odusanya, said “it is curious that such threat had come from NANS and not students of FUOYE when, indeed, NANS president, Akpan Bamidele, recently, after the September 10 protest, in a peace meeting with FUOYE VC, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, praised the management for maintaining cordial relationship with students.”
FUOYE, according to Bakji, has not put up any significant increment of fees, except for medical and acceptance fees for justifiable causes.
“Our medical fees now have to be N10,000 while the acceptance fee is N50,000.
“Fees in federal universities are usually not unilaterally fixed. There are levels of consultations among stakeholders, which has been ongoing,” he added.
Bakji explained further that the medical fees were supposed to have been increased since last session.
The charge for each student should have been N15,000; but the university has made effort to subsidise the medical fees because things have generally become costly compared to what was obtainable one or more years before.”
He noted that the institution was willing to discuss with stakeholders.