Students of Benue State University (BSU) are owing the institution an accumulated sum of N1.82 billion over the years occasioned by their refusal to pay fees.
Vice-Chancellor of BSU, Professor Tor Iorapuu, made the disclosure on Monday while speaking with journalists in Makurdi.
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Iorapuu explained that the amount was accumulated between 2010 and 2019.
He noted that within the short period of time he had assumed duties as head of the school, the management’s had been insisting on doing the right thing, leading to some remarkable achievements.
“We met a lot of rot in the institution. These few months we insisted on doing the right thing, we have achieved remarkable improvements.
“We have a population of 24,135 students and out of this number, 19,818 are now registered representing 82 per cent.
“This had not been achieved in a very long time.
“997 paid but did not register, representing four per cent which includes some 300 and 400 level students while about 3,320 students have not paid at all and have been attending lectures, representing 13 per cent of the population.
“This is worrisome. How do we raise funds to fix facilities in the school? We do not get any subvention from the state government apart from the payment of salaries.
“Parents give their children/wards money and they spend it on other things.
“Then they turn around and complain of not seeing their results.
“I urge students to preoccupy themselves with their lectures and prompt release of their results rather than engage on social media, heaping insults on the management of the school and the same institution they want to issue them certificates at the completion of their studies,” the vice-chancellor added.