Alvan Ikoku FCE Students Decry Inability To Go For Youth Service

The 2019 degree graduates of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Imo state have lamented the high rate of extortion by the management of the college.

The college is an affiliate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

The students said it was unfortunate that they have not been mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps programme after two years of their graduation.

The spokesman of the student, Chike Anyaso, from the Department of Education/Social Studies, said the degree students had been milked dry by the AIFCE management ahead of their convocation.

Adding his voice, Matthew Anyanwu from the department of Guidance and Counselling listed payment they had made to the college to include N3,000 for accreditation, N2000 for alumni levy, N20,000 for convocation, N1,000 for golden jubilee celebration, N2,000 for NYSC screening, N6,000 for Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, N5,000 for TRCN induction and N3,500 for TRCN exam.

He, however, added that the school management recently released another notice, urging them to pay another convocation fee of N5,000 after the initial N20,000 they had paid.

Another student, Babara Nsukpo, noted that there had been several payments concerning graduation clearance, regretting that the college management had not made any conscious effort to get UNN to mobilise them for the NYSC programme.

She said, “We graduated in 2019 having gained admission in the 2015/2016 academic year. Since we graduated, the college management has been giving us an excuse that the COVID-19 pandemic stopped them from mobilising us for the NYSC programme.

“When we contacted UNN in July 2021 to mobilise us for the NYSC programme, they told us to better sort ourselves out with AIFCE management. Since then we have been writing to our school to remind them to send us to NYSC.

“However, UNN later told us that they would release our list of names for mobilisation for NYSC, but they later released “Error List” (for correction of details).

“Since that time till now, we have not heard anything from them. But they told us that the information will come to us no more than three weeks from that time.”

When contacted, the College Registrar, Mr. Ben Anyanwu, said he was aware of the students’ complaint.

He said, “AIFCE is an affiliate of UNN, but these students don’t know how the higher institution operates. The N20,000 convocation fee they paid was sent to UNN but the N5,000 they are to pay now is for the AIFCE NCE convocation.

“The students should calm down because the NYSC programme is coming up in November 2021.”

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