Friday, 8 January 2016

Benue Varsity Must Look Into This

SIR: Due to the unemployment situation in the country, the federal government thought it wise to introduce entrepreneurship as a course so that students would be taught or rather, trained on how to be self-reliant after graduating from university. I understand that the federal government also provided funds to kick-start the programme.

However, the authorities of the university hid this fact from students Of Benue State University, Makurdi hence they imposed a fee of N2000 per student as registration fee before being allowed to study the course. Since the introduction of this entrepreneurship course, students at the university have been paying for the course while other tertiary institutions like Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Kogi State University, Ayingba, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and so on, have not been paying for it.

If there is any other institution in the country that is collecting money from students in the name of entrepreneurship study, such an institution is not being fair to the country. The authorities of such universities stand accused of lack of extortion.

While the authorities at the Benue State University are quick to warn the students not to cheat in their examinations, collecting money for a programme that supposed to be free is nothing but cheating.

I call on the Benue State University Vice Chancellor, Professor Kembe to, as a matter of urgency and necessity, put a halt to the policy of paying for the entrepreneurship programme.

Awunah Pius Terwase,
Mpape, Abuja.


  1. Your stand is not completely true. The money provided by the federal government for entrepreneurship centre's is not meant to trained students. Its meant to support institutions established entrepreneurship centers. In fact institutions that charge fee for entrepreneurship studies trained their students better than those who don't. Institutions on their own can not provide for cost of consumables for vocational training year in year out, hence the need to collect fee from students to augment the cost for entrepreneurial studies. Moreover entrepreneurial training does not formed part of a conventional university training for the degree in which the students have enrolled. Vocational training is an additional training to the course that the student is being trained in hence the need to pay extra fee.

    1. Boldness Deterhama26 February 2016 at 16:59

      Good explanation but why other universities don't charge students for the entrepreneurship programme? Are you aware that Benue State University, in the last year failed many students this course (entrepreneurship) so that they can come back and pay addition N2000 for the course. The university is capitalising on that to extort students. Are you aware? Are you are aware that a class of 740 students registered for the entrepreneurship but only 30 students pass the course? How possible could that be? If you thing that i am lying, ask any student that is in that school for confirmation.