Tondek Agency Limited, a business, has accused Delta State University, Abraka, of collecting N4,000 from students for a school magazine but failing to provide them with the university magazine.
Prof Andy Egwunyenga, Vice-Chancellor, Delta State University, Abraka, has denied collecting N4,000 from students for the production of a school magazine, as reported by an online publication, in a press release issued by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Eddy Agbure.
According to Egwunyenga, the institution never abused students or requested payment of N4,000 for the production of the school magazine during his administration, as implied by the online publication.
However, the agency in charge of the school magazine’s production since 2017 requested Prof Egwunyenga to cease denying it, claiming that it had documentation of student payments to back up their assertions.
The Director of Contacts, Tondek Agency, Anthony Arugba, told our correspondent on Monday in Asaba that the institution had been collecting the magazine fee since 2017, but has refused to remit to the agency for the previous two academic sessions.
He said, “We were surprised to hear the VC of the institution deny that the school did not collect N4,000 for the school magazine.
“They have been collecting the money since we introduced the magazine in 2017, as I speak to you now, the school is collecting N4,000 without remitting to the agency that printed the magazine for two years, and these students were not given the magazine. This is extortion and a fraudulent act.
“The N4,000 school magazine fee is one of the pre-requisites for collecting the school certificate or for clearance of admission, so students are still paying the money but we’re not given the magazine.
“We have a receipt dated December 2, 2021, but they have devised another means of paying the N4,000 through bank draft to cover up their tracks”
Prof Andy Egwunyenga, the Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University, Abraka, characterized the DELSU @25 magazine as bogus in an interview with a journalist.
He said, “When I came in as VC, I discovered fraud in the publication of the magazine, immediately I directed Students to stop paying for the DELSU @ 25 magazine, especially at a time when DELSU is about 30 years.
“I don’t want to talk much because I have already directed my lawyers to put their documents together, we are going to court for the blackmail”