A Professor in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Andrew Efemini, has accused the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ndowa Lale, of increasing school fees for undergraduate students illegally.
The university don called for the immediate removal of the VC for “criminally misleading the Senate by not providing an approved schedule of fees in federal universities to distinguished members”.
According to findings made by schoolworld, in a petition he addressed to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Board of the institution, Efemini stated made it known that the national fee schedule states that the recommended fees for all levels of students should be a maximum of N45,000.
“Sir, the directive is that students who are coming into the university should be charged fees not exceeding N45,000 all inclusive. The circular warned against the collection of acceptance fees. But Prof. Lale collected N30,000 as acceptance fee from each incoming student,” the Don wrote.
“The implication of the excess charges on 1st year students is that Senate was misled into forcing 2nd and 3rd year students to repeat their classes for inability to pay their fees when the draconian VC has collected such fees in their first year.
“Prof. Lale must urgently be removed as investigations into how much was collected and what he did with these illegal collections are carried out,” he added.