Unical students lamentextortion of money bylecturers, HODs

The students of the department of Theatre Arts and Media

Studies, University of Calabar, have complaints of

extortion from various heads of the faculty.

The affected students, DAILY POST investigations

revealed are Direct Entry (DE) students.

They have alleged that the institution collected additional

acceptance fees of N15, 000 after paying the

recommended amount of N5, 000 when they initially

gained admission into the varsity.

Some of the DE students said the additional acceptance

fees came in after they haD graduated from 200 Level to

the next level which is 300 Level, “When we were admitted

into UNICAL, we were asked to pay N5, 000 as acceptance

fees and we paid.

“Now, we’ve graduated into the next class, the

Department later increased the acceptance fees to N20,

000 for the current 200 Level students. The N20, 000 was

meant to be paid for the 200 Level DE students, but the

department through a voice memo asked us, the 300

Level to pay additional N15, 000 when we are no longer

new students.

The Head of Department (HOD), Theatre Arts and Media

Studies, Dr. (Mrs.) Brenda Akpan, said she had no idea

about the extortion of money but directed newsmen to

contact other heads in the faculty.

“I don’t know anything about it and I won’t talk anything I

don’t know. Go to Bassey Andah’s Institute, you will see

the Director of the Faculty, his name is Oyeto Okpara or

you can go in and look for Mr. Ibok Ekpenyong, they are

the people in charge of those things,” Akpan said.

When checked on the aforementioned offices and the

persons, none of them were on seat at the time of filing

this report. Sadly, the students are lamenting over the

situation.

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