The acting Vice-Chancellor of Kaduna State University, KASU, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa says the institution will reopen on July 13, to enable its final year students to write their examinations and graduate.
Mr Ashafa, who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Friday, added that the state government plans to provide foreign scholarships to students with outstanding Cumulative Grade Point Average, CGPA.
He said that the students, in substantial numbers, upon graduation, would be sent abroad for their masters’ degree.
“As parents, we thought that we should fast track the resumption process so that the students can write their examinations, obtain their results, and submit to the scholarship board to process their admissions,” he said.
shoulder the affairs of teaching and research in the university.
“The Deans and HODs are the critical managers of the university whose subordinates will have to be engaged to conduct the examination, supervise, and process the results.
Mr Ashafa recalled that the previous management of the university had attempted a dialogue with the leadership of the university’s chapter of ASUU but yielded no result because of the frosty relationship.
writing examinations on account of failure to pay school fees.
The VC explained that after the increase in school fees in 2021, only about 25 per cent of the students made full payment, while some made part payment and others could not pay anything.
“We will not stop any student from writing the examination, even if the person has not paid the school fees.
“What we will do is that the affected students will not see their results and will not be allowed to register for the next academic session.
“However, the Executive Secretary of State Scholarship and Loans Board, Mr Rilwan Hassan, had told us that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has approved N500 million to pay the school fees of certain categories of students.”
Recall that the state government in April 2021 increased the university’s school fees between N24,000 and N26,000 to N150,000 and N500,000.
When contacted, the Chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr Peter Adamu, said he was not aware of the plan to reopen the university on July 13 by KASU management.
“In fact, I am just hearing this from you, and I want to make it categorically clear that we are not a party to this arrangement,” Mr Adamu said.