Fi­nan­cial log­jam hin­ders stu­dents’reg­is­tra­tion at UDUS

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Rakiya A. Muhammed & Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

About 3, 000 in­di­genes of Sokoto State who se­cured ad­mis­sion into the Us­manu Dan­fodiyo Univer­sity (UDUS) some months ago are yet to reg­is­ter with the in­sti­tu­tion due to un­re­solved fi­nan­cial mat­ter be­tween the in­sti­tu­tion and the state govern­ment, Daily Trust gath­ered.

It was also learnt that of the over 5,000 stu­dents of Sokoto ori­gin who got ad­mis­sion into the school, only 2,000 are duly reg­is­tered, a de­vel­op­ment that has gen­er­ated crit­i­cisms, es­pe­cially from mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

How­ever, the Vice Chan­cel­lor of the in­sti­tu­tion, Pro­fes­sor Riskuwa Arabu Shehu, has dis­pelled the al­le­ga­tion, say­ing the un­re­solved fra­cas be­tween UDUS and Sokoto State govern­ment did not stop the stu­dents’ reg­is­tra­tion.

But he ac­knowl­edged that there was an out­stand­ing pay­ment in re­spect of the stu­dents’ reg­is­tra­tion for 2013/2014 aca­demic ses­sion which was made by the govern­ment.

Pro­fes­sor Shehu told Daily Trust that the prob­lem started as a re­sult of the new sys­tem the school adopted in reg­is­ter­ing new stu­dents.

“Be­fore now, we used to reg­is­ter stu­dents man­u­ally but the sys­tem we just in­tro­duced is dig­i­tal, which is less cum­ber­some, ac­cu­rate, ac­count­able and in line with in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

“In the first year, we found it dif­fi­cult reg­is­ter­ing stu­dents from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zam­fara states. These states pay for their stu­dents; and af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion we give them their bills for on­ward pay­ments. With the new sys­tem, this ar­range­ment is no longer ob­tain­able be­cause while reg­is­ter­ing on-line there is a lim­i­ta­tion for those who have not paid their fees,” he ex­plained.

The VC added: “So when this prob­lem sur­faced, we ex­plained it to the three af­fected states. This was why the govern­ment of Sokoto State ap­proved as de­posit the sum of N100m in re­spect of 2012-2013 reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise of its stu­dents. The money was ex­hausted but we made a sac­ri­fice by ac­com­mo­dat­ing the re­main­ing stu­dents who were not cov­ered by the de­posit.

“Last year there was lack of co­op­er­a­tion from the state’s schol­ar­ship board over an out­stand­ing pay­ment so UDUS in­sisted that the money should be paid and there should be no more reg­is­tra­tion on credit.”

Shehu, who said the univer­sity has no rea­son to en­gage Gover­nor Wa­makko as he has been sup­port­ive since he be­came the gover­nor of the state, said some bad el­e­ments are try­ing to politi­cise the mat­ter.

He stressed that their de­ci­sion was not in­flu­enced by any politi­cian as be­ing al­leged by some people whom he said wanted to cash in on it.

The VC added: “What do we stand to gain if we fight our host gover­nor? I know even the gover­nor will not say he is hav­ing prob­lems with us.”

When con­tacted, the Sec­re­tary to the State Govern­ment, Al­haji Sa­habi Isah Gada, also de­nied hav­ing any form of fra­cas with the man­age­ment of the univer­sity.

Gada de­scribed the in­ci­dence as a ‘mi­nor prob­lem’ which he as­sured would soon be re­solved, ad­mit­ting that there was out­stand­ing pay­ment which he said govern­ment has con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee to ver­ify be­fore it off­sets the bill.

He said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the state govern­ment and the man­age­ment of the univer­sity is still cor­dial.

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