The undergraduate students of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) were reported to have staged a protest over ‘no-fees, no-examination’ policy initiated by the management of the institution.
It was gathered that the protesters, who were about to write their first semester examinations but had not paid their fees, staged the protest when they were asked to show evidence of fee payments before they could be allowed into the examination halls.
“The school authority asked the students to show their receipts, instead of them complying; those who did not pay but wanted to write the exams started chanting war songs.
“They moved round the campus and locked the gates of the institution stopping vehicles, other students, lecturers and guests from going in or coming out,” a source stated.
Report revealed that for over three hours, educational and social activities were brought to a standstill and the situation in the institution was tensed.
Reacting to the development, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Akon M. Joshua, in a statement said, “One of the major purposes of establishing CRUTECH is to educate and train manpower for Cross River Stata primarily and the Nigerian nation and beyond.
“To fulfil the mandate given to CRUTECH, the institution charges stipulated and Government approved school fees to augment the monthly subvention from the Cross River State Government to run the system.
“Management has observed that only fresh students and very few continuing students pay school fees in CRUTECH. The students population in the institution as at first semester, 2018/2019 academic session is a little above 18,000. Out of this number, a little above 6,000 are year one students, the rest are continuing students.
“This translates to the fact that over 10,000 students have refused to pay school fees for the first semester, 2018/2019 academic session.
“We therefore appeal to them to pay their fees, otherwisw stay away from campus during the days of examinations. The university management will appreciate students, parent, and sponsors who pay up the first semester 2018/2019 school fees for continuing students from year two to seven,” the VC stated.