Report reaching Trail Reporters news desk revealed that Prof. Nduwa Lale led Management of University of Port Harcourt has been fraudulently extorting N5,000 from each student who were affected by the inhumane and unjustifiable “No School Fees no Exam Policy” introduced by Prof. E.S Nduwa Lale led Management.
Recollect, that Trail Reporters recently published a report on how students of Uniport petitioned their Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nduwa E.S Lale to the Presidency over his directives to over 45% of the students’ population to pick up withdrawal forms provided for by Management of the University at the cost of N5,000, fill the forms, sign them and voluntarily forfeit their admissions for extra year over students inability to meet up with payment of their school fees within the short time frame stipulated by Management of Uniport before the School fees portal was shutdown, even with the ongoing ASUU strike.
We gathered that several appeals to Prof. Nduwa E S Lale by the students fell on deaf ears, which now led to a peaceful protest by the students. Information made available to our correspondents in Port Harcourt, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nduwa Lale, angered and very bitter over our media exposure of his callous, fraudulent and corrupt activities, has vowed to use his position and political influence to deal with the affected students, by ensuring that they are withdrawn from school and sent packing from the University for daring to petition him to the Presidency.
Worried by the ugly development, our team of reporters made efforts to see the Hon. Minister of Education, Hon. Adamu Adamu, to comment on the crisis rocking the University of Port Harcourt, but our reporters were informed that the Hon. Minister of Education was very busy having series of meetings over Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Strike as at last week.
However, further investigations/follow up by our reporters revealed that the Hon. Minster of Education has approved the petition from the affected students of Uniport against Prof. Nduwa Lale’s led management of Uniport, and has given a directive to his Director in Charge of Tertiary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, to intervene accordingly to resolve the crisis before it escalates.
Discreet investigation by our correspondents into the crisis rocking the University, indicates that the deliberate attempt by Prof. Nduwa Lale to forcefully withdraw over 45% of the students’ population may not be unconnected to his violation of National University Commission’s quota on admission into various departments.
We were reliably informed that Prof. Nduwa Lale is currently spreading cash gifts to some students loyal to him to defend him with fictitious lies in case he is summoned by the Presidency over his actions and fraudulent activities.
As at the time of going to the Press, the N5,000 which Prof . Nduwa Lale collected from some of the affected students for withdrawal forms have not been refunded, as he has recently re-directed that the affected students can now obtain the forms at no cost, as he has been advised of the implications of extorting cash from the same students he is making attempt to send out of the university.
Efforts to speak with Professor Nduwa or the Public Relations Officer in the University were unsuccessful.