Cursory: FUTO has introduced a restitution fee of N20,000 for 2012/2022 graduates, alleging damage to university property during graduation celebrations, while ringleader set to face one-academic-session rustication. See full details below…
The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) administration has implemented a restitution fee of N20,000 for each of the 2021/2022 graduates.
This decision was made due to alleged vandalism of university property during their graduation celebrations. These measures were established during the 495th Senate meeting on August 31, 2023, which mandated that all graduating students from 2021/2022 be fined N20,000.
The university’s management, through a statement signed by Mr. Chiadozie Uba, the Registrar/Secretary to the Senate, also instituted one academic session of rustication for the identified ringleaders and key participants involved in these actions.
The statement reads, “The Senate considered the submission from the Committee of Deans on the senseless celebration involving wanton destruction of University properties by graduating students and the above-reached decisions of the Senate are for necessary action, please.”
According to reports, this decision has caused anxiety among students on campus, as they believe that the university’s management acted hastily without taking their circumstances into account.
An anonymous 2012/2022 graduate has even appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governor Hope Uzodinma to intervene and assist them in this matter.
He said, “I am sure that none of us in this set did such. I remember that before the exams, there was a memo from the school banning the celebration of any such, and we obeyed.
“This memo is an indirect way of the school management trying to extort money from us.”
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