A private tertiary institution in Abuja, Baze University has expelled 39 students under the scholarship scheme of Sokoto State Government due to non-payment of N71.4 million outstanding tuition fees.
According to Daily Nigeria, the university registrar, Inuwa Idris said the institution's efforts to have the state’s scholarship board settle their outstanding fees did not yield the desired result.
The 39 students were initially studying abroad before the state government transferred them back to Baze University to continue their education.
Meanwhile, the state scholarship board chairman, Altine Kajiji has reacted to the expulsion of the students and the figure the Baze University claims the state government is owing it.
Kajiji said the outstanding tuition fee the Sokoto State Government is owing the school is N62.9 million and not N71.4 million.
The Board Chairman said the state government had paid 50 % of this year’s tuition fees, adding that the state government had never defaulted in the payment of the tuition fees.
Kajiji said: “I don’t think there is any organisation or state that is paying to them what we are paying to them as tuition fees. Besides, Baze University is not the only institution Sokoto state government is dealing with.
“They say they have financial problems that they can’t even pay salaries. But the institution is a private venture, it was not built with Sokoto state in mind. They should rather look elsewhere for funding.”
He, therefore, assured the management of the institution that the state government will resolve the bill very soon.
Baze University is one of the most popular private universities in Abuja. It was established in 2011 by Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.