Stu­dents give Kaduna govt ul­ti­ma­tum over schol­ar­ship

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese & Mo­hammed Yaba, Kaduna

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Kaduna State Stu­dents (NAKASS) has given the state gov­ern­ment 21 days to pay its mem­bers their years schol­ar­ship al­lowances or have the state’s in­sti­tu­tions shut down.

Speak­ing at a news brief­ing held in Kaduna, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Jeremiah Gwaza said: “It has been three(3) Aca­demic Ses­sions now with­out a penny from the state gov­ern­ment to help Kaduna State Stu­dents aug­ment for the high cost of liv­ing in most school en­vi­ron­ment around the coun­try.

“This has brought a per­ilous ex­pe­ri­ence to a lot of stu­dents, as a re­sult of this ordeal over 73,632 stu­dents are sub­jected to var­i­ous forms of hard­ship and chal­lenges rang­ing from Tu­ition Fees which has led to de­fer­ment of ses­sions, Se­mes­ter and in some cases even with­drawal.

“We also de­mand the re­fund of 500 Naira paid to the schol­ar­ship board by al­most 50,000 stu­dents to pur­chase schol­ar­ship forms which was never granted, pay­ment should be made to their per­sonal ac­counts as we all know some of them have grad­u­ated and oth­ers even are no more,“he said.

Ef­forts to get the re­sponse of the state gov­ern­ment were not suc­cess­ful.

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