AS PART of measures
to address the alleged
extortion of students,
the Kogi State House of
Assembly has invited
management heads of state
owned tertiary institutions
for explanation.
The resolution of the
House followed the
adoption of a motion
raised by Lawi Ahmed
(PDP-Okene 1) at plenary
yesterday in Lokoja,
The lawmaker argued
that institutions are
expected to provide the
needed environment for
students to develop in
character and learning, so
as to enable them obtain
certificates at the end of
their various programmes.
He said information at
his disposal showed that
institutions have been
turned into ‘extortion
grounds’ where lecturers
take advantage of the
helpless situation of
students to extort money,
not minding the after
effects of their actions on
them.
Ahmed noted that in
some institutions, books
published without ISBN
numbers were sold to
students ‘by force’, adding
that lecturers often coerce
students to buy the books
in lieu of continuous
assessment tests and
assignments.
“The lecturers in most
cases threaten the students
telling them that it is either
they comply or stand to
lose marks some even tell
them to be ready to carry
over the courses,” he
added.
The legislator said some
lecturers go to the extent of
sexually harassing female
students, adding that there
is need to restore sanity on
campuses.
He said the actions of
the lecturers have made
most students to indulge
in ‘ungodly acts’ to raise
funds to buy the books,
while some self-sponsored
students get distracted in
the process.
The motion was
seconded by Edoko Moses
Ododo (APC-Dekina-
Biraidu) and was accorded
overwhelming support by
members at plenary.
The factional Speaker,
Alhaji Umar Imam,
adopted the motion and
committed it to the House
Standing Committee on
Education; even as he
urged the committee to
invite the management
of the institutions for an
interface.


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