The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for the urgent probe of finance at the DS Adegbenro ICT polytecnic as the students groan over multiple payment of fees and extortion from students.
Mr Adeyemi Azeez, National Public Relations Officer (PRO) made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
Azeez also called on governor Dapo Abiodun to holistically look into the issues especially as it concerns multiple payment.
“Our attention has been called to abnormalities, extortion at DS Adegebro ICT polytechnic, Itori in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, as we call on the state government under, Prince Dapo Abiodun to give an holistic view into issues in the institution especially as it concerns multiple payment of same fee, hence, extorting our students.
” It is also important that the government investigate how money is spent in the institution.
“From our findings as students leaders, we discovered that, the management of the institution has perpetrated different degrees of financial crimes at the expense of the students/children of the poor schooling in that institution.”
According to him, our further findings also showed that both staff and students of that institution who constitutes the largest population of the polytechnic are not happy with the many multiple payment being forced on the students.
He added that this was among other few maltreatments meted on the members of staff who could not speak in the interest of their job security.
“All the above discoveries were further confirmed to us by staff of the institution during our random interviews with them during our visit to the institution on Monday.
“Although, our meeting as students leaders was only partially successful because we were only able to register our displeasure and the yearnings of the students even when the rector refused vehemently and wasn’t ready to listen to all our requests even when we were able to point at abnormalities to the rector, Prof. Alfred Fatade.
“We became more surprised at the point when the rector called a member of staff to witness in his support and the staff made a U-turn and toed the line of students even when the rector remained adamant.
“After numerous complaint, on the leadership style of the rector among other various issues, we however gave the following demands:
“That the compulsory N15,000 penalty for late file submission should be scrapped immediately.
“That status quo should remain on the amount of the tuition, cancelling the proposed N5000 increment.
” Cancellation of the needless N12,000 sundry fee, cancellation of the N15, 000 developmental fee.”
Azeez, however, said that the association would reject any increment in clearance/ convocation fee saying that the students union president should henceforth be carried along in the decision making processes as it affects the students.
He added that while giving his reasons for the alleged extortions, the rector told the students leaders that the monthly wage bill of the school stands at N27 million while the government gives the institution a token of N5 million monthly.
He, therefore, appealed that the government should give an urgent and well deserve attention to the institution for the sake of the students.