Credible information reaching us confirmed that the Management of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka has mandated all the newly admitted students to purchase the N70, 000 laptop that was procured by the management. The news didn’t go down well with some students who are currently in battle with the school authorities. learnt that the institution collected N25, 000 as acceptance fee and N60, 000 as school fees from the new intakes, while N10, 000 and N11, 000 were respectively demanded for accommodation in the male and female hostels.

With the addition of N70, 000 as laptop fee, the students are mandated to pay between a total of N165, 000 and N171, 000.

Both new and old students of the varsity have taken their anger to the social media, accusing the school management of insensitivity. They also accused the Students Union Government of complicity in the matter because they alleged the SUG had refused to speak in defence of the students.

A male Student, Arinze Cardinal, said on his facebook wall that the management of the institution should with immediate effect put a stop to this forceful laptop acquisition mantra.

He wrote “I am maniacally bewildered by this unholy odoriferous saga; going gargantuan gaga. This has been a worrisome issue for a period of time now that the management of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka has mandated all the Freshers to purchase the N70, 000 laptop that was procured by the management. I told myself that it can never be possible, now it’s already happening. It is so egregious, incongruous and utterly ignominious that the number one student has allowed this Mephistophelean act by the varsity’s management to come into full accomplishment. I want to ask, did our freshers commit any crime by choosing the UNN? What is so important about laptop that parents are made to pay through their nose?
I have been using a laptop since my first year. The semester I failed to use a laptop due to loss of it was a testimony because the absence of that laptop boosted my GPA. This whole laptop conundrum will definitely have a boomerang effect. It will help in making sure that ransacking FaceBook walls and downloading and watching of both pornographic and non nude movies take over the time for reading. Its economic effect will be quite lugubrious; for after being made to cascade the whopping sum of N160, 000+ some parents won’t be capable of providing any further financial help for their wards in the school. With little or no security system in the school, laptop theft will become a routine. It is an indubitable fact that with this new jiggery-pokery called laptop policy many poor freshers will be loosing their admission because even if they sale their “ani obi” (only remaining plot of land), they can’t raise that humongous amount.
The only reason why evil strives is that good people do nothing and say nothing. I have strongly averred my voice on this issue. Let he/she who is holding the SUG mantle raise up and do the needful, else, posterity will judge us for this inhuman treatment to our fellow men and women. I will be dropping my pen here, but before I fallout, I will like to reiterate my point: the management of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka should with immediate effect put a stop to this forceful laptop acquisition mantra, else, we will be left to construe that the University of Nigeria, Nsukka is presently governed by a kakistocratic government and is inherently laddened with an academic thalidomide.”

A female student, Chinwe, said on her Facebook wall that her family could not afford the fee.

She wrote, “I am so confused right now. My family can’t afford that laptop for now, whereas we have Window 7 HP laptop at home. UNN is a federal school, not a state or private university for God’s sake. The school fee is expensive unlike UNILAG, UNIBEN, UNILORIN, OAU and other federal universities in the South West that are very cheap. Yet, UNN is enforcing laptop on students; this is injustice!”

Another student, who identified himself as Ogwu, said the laptop fee should not be made compulsory.

“But come to think of it, what is the relevance of this fake laptop to an agricultural student? So it must not be compulsory,” he said.

But the spokesperson for the SUG, Ilogebe Chidi, in a reaction, which was broadcast to students of the institution, denied complicity in the case.

Chidi said, “The SUG has got a great task on her shoulders. But then, our primary duty is to protect the right of our constituency, and that we are doing. The issue of compulsory laptops for first year students…it’s quite unfortunate that some persons are still insensitive to the current situation of our economy. The SUG dissociates itself from the policy of compulsory purchase of laptops by first year students.

“We are fully aware that the University of Nigeria is the last hope of the common man in the South East with respect to the pursuit of sound and affordable education. We wish to let you know that the SUG isn’t sleeping on this issue as we have devised measures of handling this problem headlong.

“The N70, 000 is too outrageous and the payment by instalments is cut- throat. We fully understand that the school management wants to upgrade the schooling system but it is very unwise to create a bigger problem trying to solve a smaller one.”

He added that the union was planning a meeting with the school management to discuss the matter.

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