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Exam Cancelled as Students Protest at Benue State University

Exam Cancelled as Students Protest at Benue State University

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Benue State University, Makurdi, BSUM has postponed its planned session examination over  students’ protest.

Benue students claim ‘snake’ swallowed their school fees

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the leadership of the students’ union barricaded the entrance of the institution as early as 6a.m to protest management’s directive of ‘no fees, no examination for any student.’

Some of the students who carried placards with various inscriptions told NAN that the state-owned institution’s decision was not justifiable, since the state government also owed their parents salary arrears and allowances.

Some of the placards had inscriptions like: “What will our parents use for payment of school fees, when salaries of over a year are not paid?”

Some of the students, who spoke with NAN, called for the immediate intervention of the state governor on the issue.

According to them, the state government’s “inaction had left our parents in terrible financial situation.”

However, as at the time of filing this report, management of the institution had announced the immediate suspension of examinations that were scheduled to commence Friday.

(NAN)

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Benue State University Revised Examination Timetable for 2nd Semester 2016/2017 Academic Session

Benue State University Revised Examination Timetable for 2nd Semester 2016/2017 Academic Session

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Benue State University, Makurdi, BSUM revised examination timetable for the second semester, 2016/2017 academic session.

BSUM  examination timetable

The management of the Management of Benue State University, Makurdi (BSUM) has released the revised examination timetable for the second semester, 2016/2017 academic session.

See also: BSUM Notice on Students’ Registration & Exam Schedule for 2016/2017 Academic Session.

Benue State University Revised Examination Timetable.

The timetable is available below:

Follow the link below in-case your device can’t display the document above (Note: You will however need a device that is capable of opening PDF files to access the list).

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Benue State University School Fees Payment Deadline for 2017/2018 Academic Session

Benue State University School Fees Payment Deadline for 2017/2018 Academic Session

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BSU School Fees payment deadline announced » The deadline for the payment of the Benue State University (BSU) school fees for the 2017/2018 academic session has been announced. All newly admitted students are advised to pay their tuition before the specified deadline to avoid losing their admission.

Benue State University School Fees Deadline ….

School Fees Payment Deadline

This is to inform all the newly admitted students of the Benue State University (BSU) that the management of the institution has announced the deadline for payment of school fees for the 2017/2018 academic session.

All the newly admitted students of the Benue State University are expected to pay their school fees on or before Wednesday, 16th May, 2018.

See also: Benue State University Matriculation Ceremony Date.

Students that do not pay their school fees at least a Semester, before the deadline should be prepared to forfeit their Admission.

All first year students are therefore, enjoined to take this notice seriously as the University will not extend the Deadline.

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BSU Students Barricade Road to Protest Tuition Increment

BSU Students Barricade Road to Protest Tuition Increment

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Benue State University, BSU students barricaded the main entrance of the institution to protest over 65 per cent hike in school fees for new students. The students called on the university management to reverse the decision without any delay to enable the new students carry out their necessary registration.

BSU protest hike in fees.

BSU students shut down university to protest hike in fees

Academic and non-academic activities were on Monday grounded at both campuses of the Benue State University, BSU, in Makurdi, as some students protested against the over 65 per cent hike in school fees for new students.

The students who took over the entrance of the institution, chased away the security personnel manning the institution’s gates even as they prevented any form of movements, in and out of the institution.

One of the aggrieved students who spoke on condition of anonymity said they embarked on the protest to resist the new tuition regime recently introduced by the management of the institution.

“How can the management of the university carry on as if they are not aware of the economic situation in the state and country, with the new policy the least fee payable in the school is N92,000 as against the former N56,000. Their action is the height of insensitivity.” He said.

Acting Registrar of the university, Mrs. Catherine Terlumun Bur, while reacting to the demonstration in a statement, said, “Some group of miscreants parading themselves as students of the university, in the early hours of Monday, 21st May 2018, took over, locked up and displaced the security manning the main gate of the university, bringing to a halt the inflow and outflow of human and vehicular traffic into the university, including nursery and primary school pupils for reasons yet to be ascertained.

Mrs. Terlumun Bur, in the statement, noted that the action was particularly worrisome as the institution was scheduled to commence accreditation of programmes by the National Universities Commission from Monday, May 21, 2018.

She noted that the university was yet to conduct election into the leadership of the Student Union since the expiration of the tenure of the last executive committee, stating that the university does not have any student union leadership currently to direct such a protest on campus.

Bur warned the perpetrators to vacate the gate in their own interest, vowing that the BSU management “will not hesitate to avail itself of lawful means to deal with the situation”.

The statement reads in part: “University wishes to inform all bona fide students of this institution to go about their registration and other normal academic activities, as the first semester of the 2017/2018 academic session has commenced in earnest.

“For purposes of emphasis, management hereby reiterates its resolve to ensure that the timelines for registration and other activities are strictly observed.”

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To My Parents, Being the Best Wasn’t an Option – BSU First Class Graduate

To My Parents, Being the Best Wasn’t an Option – BSU First Class Graduate

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His ambition initially was to study Medicine and Surgery at the Benue State University (BSU). But Alex Iyaji could not make it as he was offered admission to study Biological Sciences, where he made a First Class. Continue reading below.

Alex Iyaji

Alex Iyaji

Alex Iyaji, 24, made first class at the Department of Biological Science, Benue State University, with 4.53 CGPA in the 2014/2015 academic session. In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, he speaks on life after school.

Upbringing sometimes plays a role in individual’s educational performance. To what extent did that influence yours?

I grew up in a home where being the best wasn’t an option; it was a necessity. In fact, I can recall my dad telling us that anyone who didn’t top their class would be taken to the mechanic workshop to start learning how to fix vehicles and that whatever we become in life is first and foremost for our satisfaction. He implored us to learn to make ourselves proud first, and that they would share in our glory as parents. I think that formed the basic framework of my being serious and it helped me till date.

With that mindset, would you say it was easier to make first class?

It wasn’t easy at all, considering the enormous responsibility that comes with being the best in your class; the sleepless nights to get things done, the moments of tears for fear of uncertainty, the extreme reading measures adopted, the indirect burden for you not to fail and the effects of hatred and jealousy that sometimes come from sources unknown made graduating with a first class very difficult. Stories of how first class doesn’t come to those who deserve it but those who find favour in the sight of their lecturers was another challenge to overcome. I was even told how impossible it was for a student that wasn’t a native to make a first class in the school, but I didn’t let the stories deter me because I believed there is always a first time for every impossible situation and I proved it to the Glory of God at the end. The moment I saw my admission letter, I proposed in my heart to graduate with a first class.

Did anything influence that?

Yes, and that was because I was offered a course I felt was inferior to the original course I applied for, and graduating with a class of degree other than a first class would imply that I wasn’t truly qualified to study the course I considered superior. That was my belief. Therefore, I ensured I did everything I could to make excellent grades and not just leave things to fate. Graduating with a first class was therefore something I planned for beforehand and not one that happened by providence.

What was the course you wanted to study?

I had serious difficulty in securing admission into the university as success in UTME wasn’t a guarantee for admission as at the time I applied for admission or in the school I applied for admission. I therefore sat UTMB twice before finally securing admission into the university.

I had applied for Medicine in 2010 and I scored 278 in UTME and 265 in post-UTME but I was not offered admission. I wasn’t even offered another course as an alternative. Those times, success in UTME wasn’t a guarantee for admission. My dream as a child was to become a professor of medicine; one charged with the responsibility of ensuring safety of lives and wellbeing of the people as well as ensuring transfer of quality knowledge to several generations. So, again, I sat the UTME and applied for Medicine at Benue State University where I was offered Biology because Medicine lost accreditation that year. So, I accepted to study Biology. Since it was where I found myself, I was committed to making the best of it and I thank God I made a good grade. Biological Science is an interesting course; it deals with the study of life and surrounding factors. It basically covers plants and animal studies and their application in industries, medicine and the society. The course deals with the interaction between living things, modification of life forms, discovery of new techniques for solving pressing economic issues using natural or modified methodology and regulation of the effects of impeding gases on climate, nature and humans. There are many interesting parts to the course.

What are the parts you found interesting?

The part I enjoyed most as a student was the aspect of field work, which required leaving the school environment for strange places in search of specimens for laboratory analysis, knowledge from specialists and for scientific expeditions. But, beyond that, Biology encompasses a host of courses which provide baseline knowledge for specialised upgrade in science and research, which is the missing link in Nigeria today and the major reason why we remain dependent on the outside world for solutions to science-based puzzles and major disease outbreaks in our society. The course also provides an array of options one could specialise in. Graduates of biological science can become professional research scientists who engage in specialised aspects like virology, immunology, microbiology, plant pathology, biomedicine, zoology, parasitology and of course the recent boom, which is biotechnology. A study of Biology makes one relevant in industries as laboratory experts, food scientists and quality survey officers. They also find relevance in aspects of climatology, genetics, breeding and ecology which characterises the living world.

How many of you made first class in your department?

I was the only one who graduated with a first class in my class. So, I was best graduating student of the Department of Biological Science and Faculty of Sciences in my set.

What would you say you did differently from others to achieve that?

They were not things that were beyond what any other person could have done. For instance, I tried to resume early so I could start studying; I read for longer periods and I spent most of my break periods studying. There were times I read till the 24th of December before I would think of giving myself Christmas break unlike most students. One other thing was that I made sure I started strong; I started having first class from my first year. I remember my movement revolved around the classroom, hostel and church. On the average, I was sleeping for less than four hours daily and I read for about six hours every day. During, test or exam period, I could read for as long as 10 to 14 hours, and I wasn’t the type that used the library, unless I needed to borrow some books and then go back to my room to use them. The usual silence in the library was like a sleeping tablet for me, but interestingly, it worked for some people. That shows that people should know what works for them. Even though life doesn’t start and end with academic excellence, I put in whatever it takes to attain the goals I set for myself.

How did your parents receive the news that you made first class?

Wow! They had waited for the news for long. They received the news with gladness of heart, rejoicing and thanking God who made it possible. I had admission when my family was not financially stable, but God saw me through and I give Him the glory.

Your course has a lot to do with working in the lab; were there times you were tired of being there?

As interesting as practical classes might seem, it gets tiring sometimes. I could recall the times I had to stay in the laboratory from between 9am and 4pm so as to finish analysing stool samples for parasitic helminthes. The fact that I had to stay hungry so as to avoid becoming infected with the parasitic infections I was researching on made the lab tiring for me (laughs). Eye pains that sometimes result from constant staring at the microscope was also tiring, but it was a phase we had to go through.

With the much effort you put in, were there people who saw you as too serious?

People never saw me as the serious type. In fact, I never looked like one, but they were fully aware of my academic records and marvelled most times at how an ‘unserious-looking’ student would do so well academically.

Students like you are usually too engrossed in their academics that they rarely do other things. Were you involved in other school activities?

Yes, I was involved in organising campaigns, educating the junior ones, taking ICT-based tutorials, counselling people when necessary, going for choir rehearsals and doing a bit of social activities, cautiously though. At my leisure, I played football, played my guitar and sang. Sometimes, I took pleasure in having casual, but productive conversations with friends. Based on Ecclesiastics 3:1, which says there is time and season for everything, I understood time management and maximised my time efficiently for maximum output.

The joy of seeing foreign scientists work in the lab with so much enthusiasm and zeal to discover new things also influenced me. My parents also encouraged me to do my best, emphasising that any course that finds relevance in the society especially that which relates to industrial and life sciences is good.

What were your memorable moments?

My happiest moment was when my CGPA entered first class again after I dropped in my second year. The joy of being ‘there’ again after so much hope and prayer made it worthwhile for me. My most embarrassing moment was when I was slapped on my back by a lecturer in school for walking into the lab before he asked me to. The thought of it still annoys me till date anyway.

What are your aspirations?

I hope to become a research professional and academic in the field of biomedicine or biotechnology; one who would raise the standards for selective innovations unfamiliar in the Nigerian context. Specifically, I would like to work as a researcher in a research institute and a lecturer in any educational institution so I could pass the knowledge I had acquired to those coming behind. I also like to work in a business environment as one in charge of mind-taxing duties.

Is there anything you would have loved to do as a student that you could not do?

Yes! Sleep for longer hours without any fear of failing or having poor results (laughs). However, I like to advise students to be focused, set their priorities right and put their minds in their studies. It’s also helpful if they don’t allow temporary pleasure to distract them. Above all, they should remember their God in the days of their youth and serve him diligently.

What have you been doing since you graduated?

Even though a first-class graduate, I’m still unemployed; I’ve been searching for a job. I’m hoping to find one so as to make ends meet. The value attached to excellence is dropping by the day, gradually and it wasn’t this bad in the past. I didn’t know how bad it was until I experienced it, and this shouldn’t be so. The government should try to incorporate into their budgets for each year grants for academic excellence and national appointments for excellent students. This would encourage those who made good grades and those aiming for excellence. This will also in turn make our nation a better place since the best of minds will be fully incorporated into different parts of the economy.

Source: Punch.

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