UNN Students Protest School Management Over Compulsory Laptop Fee

University Of Nigeria Nsuka UNN
University Of Nigeria Nsuka UNN

Credible information reaching us confirmed that
the Management of the University of Nigeria,
Nsukka has mandated all the newly admitted
students to purchase the N70, 000 laptop that
was procured by the management. The news
didn’t go down well with some students who are
currently in battle with the school authorities.
liveschoolnews.com.ng learnt that the institution
collected N25, 000 as acceptance fee and N60,
000 as school fees from the new intakes, while
N10, 000 and N11, 000 were respectively
demanded for accommodation in the male and
female hostels.
With the addition of N70, 000 as laptop fee, the
students are mandated to pay between a total of
N165, 000 and N171, 000.
Both new and old students of the varsity have
taken their anger to the social media, accusing
the school management of insensitivity. They
also accused the Students Union Government of
complicity in the matter because they alleged
the SUG had refused to speak in defence of the
students.
A male Student, Arinze Cardinal, said on his
facebook wall that the management of the
institution should with immediate effect put a
stop to this forceful laptop acquisition mantra.
He wrote “I am maniacally bewildered by this
unholy odoriferous saga; going gargantuan gaga.
This has been a worrisome issue for a period of
time now that the management of the University
of Nigeria, Nsukka has mandated all the Freshers
to purchase the N70, 000 laptop that was
procured by the management. I told myself that
it can never be possible, now it’s already
happening. It is so egregious, incongruous and
utterly ignominious that the number one student
has allowed this Mephistophelean act by the
varsity’s management to come into full
accomplishment. I want to ask, did our freshers
commit any crime by choosing the UNN? What is
so important about laptop that parents are made
to pay through their nose?
I have been using a laptop since my first year.
The semester I failed to use a laptop due to loss
of it was a testimony because the absence of
that laptop boosted my GPA. This whole laptop
conundrum will definitely have a boomerang
effect. It will help in making sure that ransacking
FaceBook walls and downloading and watching
of both pornographic and non nude movies take
over the time for reading. Its economic effect
will be quite lugubrious; for after being made to
cascade the whopping sum of N160, 000+ some
parents won’t be capable of providing any further
financial help for their wards in the school. With
little or no security system in the school, laptop
theft will become a routine. It is an indubitable
fact that with this new jiggery-pokery called
laptop policy many poor freshers will be loosing
their admission because even if they sale their
“ani obi” (only remaining plot of land), they can’t
raise that humongous amount.
The only reason why evil strives is that good
people do nothing and say nothing. I have
strongly averred my voice on this issue. Let he/
she who is holding the SUG mantle raise up and
do the needful, else, posterity will judge us for
this inhuman treatment to our fellow men and
women. I will be dropping my pen here, but
before I fallout, I will like to reiterate my point:
the management of the University of Nigeria,
Nsukka should with immediate effect put a stop
to this forceful laptop acquisition mantra, else,
we will be left to construe that the University of
Nigeria, Nsukka is presently governed by a
kakistocratic government and is inherently
laddened with an academic thalidomide.”
A female student, Chinwe, said on her Facebook
wall that her family could not afford the fee.
She wrote, “I am so confused right now. My
family can’t afford that laptop for now, whereas
we have Window 7 HP laptop at home. UNN is a
federal school, not a state or private university
for God’s sake. The school fee is expensive
unlike UNILAG, UNIBEN, UNILORIN, OAU and
other federal universities in the South West that
are very cheap. Yet, UNN is enforcing laptop on
students; this is injustice!”
Another student, who identified himself as Ogwu,
said the laptop fee should not be made
compulsory.
“But come to think of it, what is the relevance of
this fake laptop to an agricultural student? So it
must not be compulsory,” he said.
But the spokesperson for the SUG, Ilogebe Chidi,
in a reaction, which was broadcast to students
of the institution, denied complicity in the case.
Chidi said, “The SUG has got a great task on her
shoulders. But then, our primary duty is to
protect the right of our constituency, and that
we are doing. The issue of compulsory laptops
for first year students…it’s quite unfortunate that
some persons are still insensitive to the current
situation of our economy. The SUG dissociates
itself from the policy of compulsory purchase of
laptops by first year students.
“We are fully aware that the University of Nigeria
is the last hope of the common man in the South
East with respect to the pursuit of sound and
affordable education. We wish to let you know
that the SUG isn’t sleeping on this issue as we
have devised measures of handling this problem
headlong.
“The N70, 000 is too outrageous and the
payment by instalments is cut- throat. We fully
understand that the school management wants
to upgrade the schooling system but it is very
unwise to create a bigger problem trying to solve
a smaller one.”
He added that the union was planning a meeting
with the school management to discuss the
matter.

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