Following the announcement of January 25th as the deadline for payment of all registration charges by the management of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, various union leaders in the institution have called for an extension.
Recall that the Dean of Students, Prof. Aminu Mode, while speaking with CAMPUS REPORTER a few weeks ago, emphasised that students who fail to pay by the deadline may be forced to forfeit the academic session.
Speaking with CAMPUS REPORTER, the Speaker of the Students Representatives Assembly (S.R.A), Rt. Hon. Bashir Animashaun stressed the need for an extension of the deadline. According to him, the management will need to consider the plight of students affected by financial constraints.
“One can’t really judge the financial situation of students without any clear proof. Hence, if students cannot meet up with the date, then the management will be consulted, but that is if they didn’t extend it on their own,” he said.
The Director of University Christian chapel (UCC), Terfa Simon explained how unfeasible the deadline date is for many students. According to him, the date should be extended by two weeks, considering the financial status of many students.
“Considering the financial status of all students, it is not possible for them to meet up with the deadline for payment of registration fees. The management should extend the deadline date by two weeks,” he said.
The Chairman of the Registration Committee of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), UDUS chapter, Abdulrahman Ismail, also pleaded with the management to extend the registration deadline to the end of February. According to him, students who sponsor themselves will find it difficult to meet up with the deadline scheduled by the management.
“Although the only means through which the school gets funds is through payments made by students, I doubt if that deadline will be possible. There are many struggling for themselves, we have many of them who have written letters to MSSN soliciting for help, they aren’t able to buy foodstuffs themselves talk more of school fees. I think the deadline date is only for students who are able or are being sponsored by their parents.
“The management should extend the date to the end of February,” Ismail said.
However, the Students’ Union President of the school, Comrade Faruku Barade has said the three weeks given by the management is enough for all students and there is no need to seek for an extension of the deadline.
“It is trite to our students of UDUS. Even this hostel power generator is not functioning, you will hear students complaining and crying out about it. So how can the university keep all these without students paying their registration fee on time?”
“It is only in UDUS [that] students [can] write exams without [paying] school fees. It is only in UDUS students are enjoying clinical services without [paying their] TSHIP (Tertiary Institution Social Health Insurance Programme) fee.
“So I urge our students to comply with the registration policy,” he concluded.
Speaking about the feasibility of students meeting up with the deadline, Barade said: “Check ABU Zaria, BUK, FUBK, ATBU Bauchi and others. Two weeks were given to students for registration. But UDUS gave up to 3 weeks.
“Please, we should [also] be fair to the management. I want you to know that the management of the university is basically on the students’ registration fee. If we are not willing to pay this in time, how can the university survive?”
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