NIJ Charges Students ‘N11,000 Cash’ For Program Change, Threatens Deferrals

The Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, Lagos, has imposed a fee of N11,000 on students who intend to make changes to their registered university curriculum, before the start of its second semester.

The management of the establishment, via an electronic message broadcast on Friday, and seen by the IFJ, gave students a deadline of May 10 to comply with the new directive or risk maintaining a program they no longer want.

Additionally, management said that students who do not comply will reschedule classes from their original program and take exams they did not take in the first semester.

“If all students do not pay by or before Tuesday, May 10, 2022, monies paid will be returned to owners and you must remain in the program option you are currently in,” the circular reads in part.

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“Please pay cash to Ms. Eke in room 204, by Tuesday, May 10, 2022.”

Speaking to FIJ on condition of anonymity, a concerned student told FIJ that when she joined the institution, students were forced to manually save their lessons on paper due to a portal crash, but after the portal was repaired, the NIJ told them to choose between printing and streaming programs online.

She said Esther Eke, head of student affairs, assured students that no matter how much information they had about the programs on offer, they could enroll and enjoy the luxury of being able to change them at any time. time in the future.

“She told us we could record anyone, so many of us chose broadcast, while others chose print,” the student told FIJ.

“But later we started hearing that a broadcast speaker, Femi Osuntoki, was very strict and that this broadcast was expensive.

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“When he finally came, he told us to pay N15,000 each to produce a film, so many of us decided to go to print. When people started changing their courses it was easy, lots of students changed and no one asked them for money.

“But later the lady from ICT, one Cynthia, told us that she had ‘definitely’ submitted the list and could not change it. We then went to the Deputy Marshal and he said we should all get together and he would solve the problem. Now they are asking us to pay or risk the postponement, and there are about 30 of us.”

When FIJ called Esther Eke to find out if she had given students reassurances of ease with program changes, she said:

“I can neither confirm nor deny that. The new directive is a management decision, I cannot comment on that.

Another student, who was able to change his program ahead of the new directive, told the IFJ he was lucky because “the new act of management is just diabolical”.

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“They told the students that they [management] will need money to get software to update the changes, and we thought this software would cost no more than N4,000, but they said all students would have to pay N11,000.

When the IFJ called Dele Omojuyigbe, Deputy Vice Rector of the NIJ for comment, he said the following:

“How does this concern you? Are you running this place for us? Have you been to school at all? Who taught you? How does the functioning of an institution affect you as a foreigner? So you can call a vice-chancellor and ask anything? My friend, will you come down.

Ryan H. Bowman