Speaking during the session, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele said that the appeal had become necessary given the dwindling resources experienced by the university.
He expressed dismay over records provided which revealed that only about five thousand students have paid their school fees out of the thirteen thousand students in the university.
While many suggested that the ” no fees no examination” approach be implemented and enforced, others pointed out the need to weigh the pro’s and con’s of adopting that policy.
Guided by the likely implications and foreseeable reactions that may play out from that decision, members of Senate unanimously agreed with the Vice-Chancellor that the students should write their examinations. However, only the results of those who who are up to date with their school fees will be computed and uploaded within five weeks after the examinations. The list of those who have paid will also be published.
Professor Ndimele hinted that the university due to the recent economic hardship experienced by the state and nation is yet to received funds promised by the state government. He added that the school fees is for now the major source of internally generated revenue that the university is relying on to run and sustain itself. The Vice-Chancellor reminded the students that the fees paid by them is the least compared with other universities and encouraged them to pay.
Shortly after the matriculation scheduled for Saturday April 22, 2017, examination would commence for students on Monday April 24, 2017. Students are advised to study hard for it and to note that their matriculation numbers would be their password during the computer based tests and examinations.
Lecturers were also directed to enter results with matriculation numbers and not names of students. Automated result management system would be adopted. Manual and handwritten results would no longer be accepted. Lecturers are enjoined to ensure that all results are automated.