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Non-Payment of School Fees: 21 Bayelsa students in USA appeal to Dickson

Non-Payment of School Fees: 21 Bayelsa students in USA appeal to Dickson

21 Bayelsa students on scholarship at the Lincoln Univer­sity Pennsylvania, USA, have appealed to the state government to pay their school fees to prevent their expulsion.
The undergraduates, who are in their final se­mester at the tertiary in­stitution, appealed to the government to immediate­ly initiate payment process to avoid jeopardising their continued stay in the insti­tution.
One of the students, Akpos Akins, told the News Agency of Nigeria on phone from Pennsyl­vania, USA, on Tuesday that the school authorities alleged that the estimated outstanding fees stood at about $970,000.00 dollars (about N300 million).
Akins said that since the payment for the first ses­sion, subsequent payment had not been regular.
He explained that the university would not even honour payment by stu­dents or their parents as the management insisted that such arrangement would run contrary to the agreement signed with the Bayelsa State Government.
According to him, the parents’ association has been working hard to get the state government clear the outstanding fees but to no avail.
The student acknowl­edged the good intention of the foreign education scholarship by Gov Seriake Dickson and appealed to him to help secure their future by directing imme­diate release of funds for the payment.
He said that the man­agement of Lincoln Uni­versity had been very good to them despite failure of the government to meet up with payment for some time.
“We appeared to have become a source of burden to the management. We are very worried and dis­turbed.
“We have been given three weeks to pay up be­fore the school’s manage­ment takes action. And without our transcript, we cannot proceed with In­dustrial Training known as OPT or go to graduate school.
“The management is then obligated to report us for deportation seeing we have no further business in the country.

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