By Frank Ulom
The students of the University of Calabar, UNICAL have called on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi to stop encouraging them into Internet fraud and cybercrime, popularly referred to as Yahoo Yahoo.
The students made this known on Monday while protecting fee increment by the university.
The students who marched around the campus in a peaceful demonstration were carrying placards with the following inscriptions: “UNICAL VC stop encouraging Boys into Yahoo”, “The poor can also go to school. We don’t have to prostitute before we can pay school fees – let the poor breathe…enough is enough”, “We are self-sponsored, help us…we can’t breathe”, and “Florence!!! Billing too much oo.”
Others are “Say no to school fee increment”, “Education is not mental slavery”, “Stepmother, you are wicked but our God will not allow you to go free for this very act. Allow the poor to school as well”, and “School fee is choking us, let us breathe.”
Continuing, “We no gree!!! For school fees increment”, “We are humans. We bleed when we get cut, the economy is affecting everybody”, and several others.
CONVERSEER reports that the management of UNICAL on Sunday published on their website the school fee increment for undergraduate students for the next academic session.
The Registrar of the University, Mr Gabriel Egbe in a release said the decision to effect the fee increment was taken at an emergency meeting of the University of Calabar Senate held on Friday 1st December 2023.
The release disclosed that “The implementation of the upward review takes effect from the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 academic sessions.”
The release further stated that “Approval of the decision of the apex academic organ of the institution was necessitated by the current economic realities and the need to maintain the academic standard which the University is known for.”
The Registrar called on students to take note of the new charges and to commence registration using the new template which has been uploaded on the University payment portal.
The new school fees, CONVERSEER learned were pegged at over N100,000 plus an additional N21,500 to N38,500 for third-party dues for new and returning students.
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