The 2020/2021 graduating class of the University of Ilorin has protested the recent top-up and memorabilia charges introduced by the institution as part of the requirements to participate in the forthcoming combined convocation ceremony.

The graduates cited short notice, the country’s economic situation and extortion, among others for kicking against the increment.

The event scheduled to be held October 20 and 21, 2023 will host the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 graduating classes.

In a memo dated October 3, 2023, obtained by PUNCH Online on Monday, the institution had introduced memorabilia which includes branded T-shirts, scrolls and lapel pins for graduates at the rate of N10,000.

It also listed that the requirements for getting certificates include an original copy of the Statement of Result (SOR) for those who have collected; Completed Clearance form and ID card for those who are yet to collect SOR; Evidence of payment of convocation fees of N38,500.00 for those who did not pay N20,800.00 earlier in the year and additional N17,700.00 for those who have paid the N20,800.00; Evidence of payment of N10,000.00 for memorabilia to UNILORIN Consultancy Services Unit.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, a representative of the graduands, Aminat lamented the economic situation of the country adding that the university should consider their financial capacities.

She said, “Many of us are just corps members living with the monthly stipend sent by the Federal Government. Some cannot even come for the ceremony because of transportation costs.

“We have paid our convocation fees before embarking on NYSC, we printed the receipt and submitted it for clearance.

“Why are they asking for us to pay again? What’s the rationale behind that? Is it our fault that the convocation ceremony was not done immediately after graduation?” she queried.

A graduate, Ebuka Godwin (not real name) declared that UNILORIN is only trying to extort its graduate by imposing a compulsory memorabilia fee and top-up convocation fee.

She maintained, “This is a cruel act that doesn’t put into consideration the financial capacity of said graduates.
How can a corp member earning N33,000 be able to churn out N27,800 in just 10 days?”

Another graduate and one of the presidents of the institution’s faculties, Azeez opined that the graduates are not happy with the development and that they are only calm because they believe that the management will do something about it.

“For me, as a leader who has had interactions with our people in the past seven months; since we left school, most are yet to get life bearings, most of us survive on the 33k allawee from FG, as parents have stopped our footing bills as they assumed that they are now being paid.

“All of a sudden asking for close to 30,000 is too much, troublesome and disturbing, and asking us to pay it within 5 working days as it was just announced last week,” he added.

However, when our correspondent reached out to the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Kunle Akogun, for comment, he proclaimed to be unaware of the development and promised to get back after getting full details.

Akogun further rejected calls and refused to reply to the messages sent to his mobile line after promising to reach out in ten minutes in another call after being spared 2 hours and 35 minutes.

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