Al­le­ga­tions of ‘cam­pus mar­riages’ on the rise

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Al­pha Paul Ngbede, NSUK

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.

Al­pha Paul Ngbede 300 Level, Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, NSUK

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.

Photo: Onyekachukwu Obi

Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Fi­nance, Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion, (FCTA), Al­haji Sal­isu Kalamu, pre­sent­ing an award Juliet Chine­merem for her ded­i­ca­tion to ser­vices dur­ing the batch C NYSC pass­ing out pa­rade in Abuja re­cently.

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