Saturday 2 May 2020

‘We're yet to decide on fee payment deadline’ — UNIBEN

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) says no decision has been reached concerning deadline for payment of school charges for the current academic session.

The Dean, Student Affairs Division, Prof. Patrick Igbinaduwa, disclosed this in a statement obtained by Campus Gist on Saturday.

There has been a viral report (not on Campus Gist) that the university management plan activating N10,000 extra charges for late fee payment from May 3.

But reacting, the Dean of Students’ said there was no truth in the online report, asking UNIBEN students to disregard it.

“At the appropriate time, the university management will inform all students about its decision concerning deadline on payment of school charges,” he said.

“We are grateful to God that we have not recorded any casualty among our students to COVID-19. I, therefore, urge you all to continue to stay safe in this trying time.”

Meanwhile, the UNIBEN management has clarified the directive by the Head of Service on the resumption of work by certain cadres in the public service.

A statement issued by the institution’s spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, said the directive has not directly addressed the re-opening of universities.

“Such directive (on re-opening of universities) will be received from the Federal Ministry of Education,” she said.

“The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. L.I. Salami, has, therefore, advised members of staff to maintain status-quo by continuing to work from home.

“Staff on essential duties (such as Heath, Fire Service etc) are to maintain all the hygiene and safety rules as stipulated by the NCDC,” the statement added.

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