Students returning from Sudan struggle to pay transfer fee

Over 500 University of Ilorin university students studying nursing, medicine, computer science, Sharia law and food science, among other disciplines, who recently returned to Nigeria from various universities in Sudan following the war that broke out in the north-east African country are being asked to pay a transfer fee to resume their studies, writes Mumini AbdulKareem for the Daily Trust.

According to the University of Ilorin, they either pay an additional NGN1 million (US$1,250) transfer or clearance fee in addition to all other tuition payments imposed by the institution or ship out. Others are asking for over NGN500,000, while some unconfirmed reports by the students put the request at NGN2.5 million.

After the successful evacuation of the Nigerian students from the war-torn country, the affected students subsequently scaled the hurdle of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, which confirmed their admission status, only to be told to pay the sum of NGN1 million each before they could resume their studies at the University of Ilorin. The students said they have written “several letters to people in authority within and outside the school, but nothing has come from them”.
Full report on the Daily Trust site