Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has been accused of defrauding its students, who are preparing for combined convocation ceremonies this week Friday and Saturday respectively.
Sources at the school who confided in our correspondent said that the management of the University had levied post graduate students, who are bid for convocation this weekend the sum of sixty one thousand naira (N61, 000) only as convocation levies.
And in an attempt to rip off the post graduates students, the management again, decided to levy the convocating them another sum of three thousand, five hundred naira (N3,500) each.
Our sources wondered why the management of IAUOE would levy them another N3,500, when everything the post graduate students needed to pay for was contained in the N61,000 earlier paid.
Our informants expressed concerns that a new bank account was opened specifically for the payment of the N3,500 and not the usual account details known to everyone.
In the meantime, the management of the University has reacted to the allegation.
Vice Chancellors, Professor Okey Onuchukwu and the Public Relations Officer of the University, Ngozi Okiridu said the N3,500 was payment for result folder.
They said the result folder was not part of the N61,000 earlier paid by the graduating students.
Professor Onuchukwu clarified that it was the students, who suggested the folder before management approved it.
On her part, the PRO of the University, Ngozi Okiridu disclosed that the N61,000 was paid about two years ago, not under the present VC.
She also said that students would need to present a receipt of payment of the N3,500 to collect their convocation gowns.
On the issue of the alleged special bank account details for the payment, Okiridu asked a rhetoric question thus:
“Does a school need to have one bank account; you, you as an individual, do you have only one bank account? Me, I have more than one bank account. If they want to pay, they should pay?