Allegations of ‘campus marriages’ on the rise
The youth mostly go to universities and other institutions of higher learning to acquire knowledge and wholeheartedly pay attention to education and career development before graduation.
Many undergraduate students met their spouses in the schools and many married graduates have attended the same schools as their partners.
However, temporary or ‘campus marriage’ in which female and male students stay as husband and wife for a stipulated period without parental consent and participation is on the increase. The contract is rather dissolved as one or both spouses complete their academic pursuits or when conflict arises.
A student of Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) said the temporary couples who are usually off campus students simply “live together in the same abode. They eat together, study together and even copulate without being legally married.”
The source further said that ‘campus marriage’ had become popular among undergraduates in schools, adding that “the couples justify this unacceptable act on the grounds of emotional feelings and lack of accommodation. For some, it is for security reasons. And some students engage in the act chiefly to familiarize themselves with their partners before legal marriage, amidst other rationalization.”
He said the demerits of campus marriages include “withdrawal from school, the compounding of carry-over courses resulting from lack of The University of Maiduguri campus radio station called UNIMAID Radio has commenced test transmission after obtaining a temporary license from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The station, which operates on 97.5 Frequency Modulation and has Kanem FM as its Station ID is headed by Professor Danjuma Gambo of the Department of Mass Communication. focus, unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Also, there are problems of dwindling academic performances, deaths during abortions or barrenness following the incessant removal of foetus.”
The source said temporary marriages are common with students living off campus.
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The university had struggled for years before the NBC granted it the license to operate campus radio station which is mainly for educational purposes where students, especially from mass communication department, would learn the art of journalism.
With license granted to Kanem FM, NBC had approved over 28 campus radio stations in Nigeria with University of Lagos Radio Station (Unilag Radio) as the pioneer station which secured its campus broadcast license in 2002.
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