ABSU VC WARNS AGAINST EXTORTION AND EXPLOITATION OF STUDENTS BY STAFF

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ABSU VC WARNS AGAINST EXTORTION AND EXPLOITATION OF STUDENTS BY STAFF

Against the growing allegations of extortion and exploitation of students of the Institution by staff, the Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor O. M Ogbulu, has issued a stern warning to all Staff of the University, who engage in such acts to stop forthwith, or be ready to face the full wrath of the extant laws and regulations of the University as the administration will not spare any person caught, no matter how connected or highly place.

Addressing the 248th regular Senate of the University at the Senate Chambers on Wednesday, 28th April 2021, he reminded members of the abolishment of Sale of handouts to students, Selling of books directly to students without passing through the book committee, sorting of any kind including collecting money to pass tests or assignments, sex for marks, or any other form of extortion and exploitation, warning that his administration will deal decisively with any lecturer or staff found culpable in accordance with the extant laws of the University.

While investigations and sting operations continue in this regard, he urged students or parents, with evidence of extortions by any Staff, to summon courage and report such to his office, promising that they will be treated with utmost confidence and dispatch by the committee set up for such matters in the University.

According to him, “ All it takes is for one courageous Student with evidence to report any case of extortion, then watch the extant law of the University take its course” and advised that no lecturer should descend so low to be used as an example in this abhorrent act by his administrarltion, no matter how pressing his/her needs may be.

The Vice Chancellor, who is also Chairman of the Senate, used the forum to inform Senate members of the completion and handing over of the Molecular laboratory built by TETFund to the University, and thanked the Governor/Visitor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, PhD, for his unprecedented support to the administration, including the financial support to facilitate the forthcoming accreditation exercise for some programs in the University, while appealing to Senate members to reach out to candidates yet to get admission in their first choice of course, to change to another in the JAMB portal, where there are admission opportunities as soon as possible in order to be offered admission.

Meanwhile, the 248th regular Senate received and adopted the report of the Investigation Committee panel on the Unfortunate death of a 200 level medical laboratory student, while playing football at the University pavilion, with some members suggesting further measures to improve the health care delivery system for the University community.

In conclusion, the Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor O. M ogbulu, thanked members of Senate for their cooperation and support for his administration and assured them of the commitment of management to improve the welfare of the staff of the University, including payment of salaries and promotion.

Ikenna Augustine

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