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Published On: Tue, Sep 23rd, 2014

We are stranded in Uganda, says Zamfara students

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• Students not serious with studies – LGA chairman

From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

The eleven students sponsored by Kaura Namoda local government council to study Medicine and Nursing at International University Kampala of Uganda have grumbled that they were abandoned to the extent they must beg to sustain their living.

Speaking to Peoples Daily from Kampala on phone, a representative of the stranded students, Munnir Abubakar, narrated allegedly that they were rendered helpless as they could not even settle their rent for some months, examination fees and feeding.

Munnir further disclosed that, the Local government Chairman, Alhaji Lawali Liman Kaura went to negotiate with the University authority in Uganda by himself to facilitate their registration for Basic Class Studies (BCS), during which he alleged that, the chairman paid 4 months rent for their accommodation instead of one year as it supposed to be.

“The Chairman, in his farewell speech during our departure, told the gathering that we would be paid 20,000 naira on monthly basis to take care of ourselves while away in Uganda for studies, believe you me, we were paid only 10,000 naira, the amount that could not be managed due to high cost of living over there”, Munnir alleged.

According to him, the school authority did not allow them to sit for examinations until when they wrote undertakings indicating schedule for the settlement of registration and examination fees by their sponsorship, admitting that, only three of them could meet the requirement for the continuation of their studies.

He said, they informed the chairman of their bitter condition which includes non-payment of registration fees as he claimed to have done on their arrival date to the campus and a threat to dislodge them from their accommodation, but only replied that he would talk to the authority of the University and the landlord to settle the matter.

“It was unfortunate, that when the chairman came to Kampala and asked us to send a representative for discussion over our challenges, which we did, but he promised to settle all our demands before leaving for Nigeria, but he rather left our problems untouched, rather we heard that he isolated his in-law who was among us and settled his bills “the students alleged.

They also said the chairman advised them to change courses which they turned down, consequently he asked them to return to Nigeria to continue their studies as the were no capable of passing the courses for which they were sponsored abroad.

In his reaction, the Chairman Kaura Namoda local government council, Lawali Liman Kaura, described the allegations as baseless, arguing that, he did not pay any registration and examination fees for his in-law to be able to continue his degree programme in medicine.

“The student they referred to as my in-law, was sick before the commencement of examination, therefore, I personally requested the authority to postpone the schedule for him until his recovery which they agreed even in written”, he explained

According to him, the sponsored students were not serious on their studies, rather were carried away by other issues contrary to the local government council’s primary aim of sponsoring their studies abroad.

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