While Nigerians, most of whom were adversely affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic were busy clamoring for an end to police brutality, most tertiary institutions in the country especially the Enugu State University of Technology were busy hatching dubious plans to extort students and guardians.
This is as the Enugu-based University, not minding the economic situation in the country before its virtual matriculation on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, demanded that fresh students clear their fees which included a controversial compulsory matriculation fee.
According to a press statement by the institution, published in one of the national dailies and signed by Mr. Osita Ugwuoti, the Director of Public relations, each new student was mandated to pay N15,000 before the Zoom matriculation.
For participation in the online matriculation ceremony, SecretReporters further learned that the link was forwarded to only fresh students who paid the prescribed fees. To ensure full compliance with the directive, the virtual crooks further mandated that only students who participated in the online matriculation ceremony would be issued with matriculation Numbers which will confirm their studentship status in the university.
It is however alleged that the Enugu Based University racked in nothing less than N75million from the virtual exercise which most schools globally were offering for free to its students as a way to curb excessiveness following the pandemic.
Many Nigerians have since condemned the act by ESUT, which allegedly has a history of not just extortion, but embezzlement and intimidation as the school is currently trending for trying to use the military to conduct exams, an act condemned by the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities.