Please read to the end,there is an addendum.
Students of the Department of Foreign Languages of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have petitioned the university authorities over the misconduct of a lecturer, Stella Omonigho, who was acting as the representative of the department head, Austin Moye.
According to the petition, Mrs. Omonigho, among other actions, ordered a cancellation of the students' dinner and award program a few minutes before its commencement. She was said to have ordered the cancellation because the students had not filled the venue before she arrived there at 4:30 PM. Mrs. Omonigho was accompanied by the staff adviser, Gloria Shuaibu, while giving the order for the cancellation of the event. Both lecturers were said to have invited campus security officers to eject the students from the venue, declaring that it would no longer hold.
In the petition copied to the Vice Chancellor as well as faculty and departmental offices, the students demanded a refund of the money they spent on hiring the venue, the return of food and drinks bought for the cancelled event, as well as an investigation of Mrs. Omonigho for academic victimization.
According to the students, their explanation to Mrs. Omonigho and Mrs. Shuaibu that the event was a dinner and was slated to start a bit later was rejected. They also said Mrs. Omonigho, assisted by campus security men, seized the drinks and food meant for the event and took them away.
Some executive members of the Foreign Languages Students' Association (FOLSA), who tried to explain to the security men that having paid for the venue entitled them to its use, were assaulted by the security officers.
The students stated in the petition that they paid N2,500 each to participate in the program on 29 July but were denied their anticipated experience despite all preparations.
FOLSA executive members, who approached the lecturer to demand an explanation for the arbitrary cancellation of their event and assault on them, said Mrs. Omonigho threatened to ensure they fail in their examinations, an action that carried a strong whiff of academic victimization.
"She asked us if we remember that our exams scripts have not yet been marked," a member of the association's executive council told SaharaReporters.
The students reported that the lecturer had approached the student leaders afterward with smiles and offered a bribe of N10,000 to quell the growing anger of the students, but her bribe was rejected, as the leaders excused her on the ground that the students would turn against them.
A BLOG VISITOR SENT THIS NOTE AS ADDENDUM WITH THE ABOVE STORY FROM SAHARA
''Good day Stella I'm a *** level student of university of Benin studying foreign languages
on the 29th of July was our compulsory diner popularly known as soirée which was to be held at staff club by 4:30pm our acting Head of department Stella omonigho with Gloria shaibu called security on us and canceled the diner because students had not filled the hall imagine? after paying #2500 each when we're about 125 in my level, they even took all the drinks food plates and spoons and locked us outside, and then she threatened us saying hope we know our script hasn't been marked yet??
first thing a diner shouldn't be made compulsory to pay for or attend (100level-400level)this is a department that our year abroad program is 180, 000 to togo (transport and tuition)and 100, 000 to badagry behind lagos here,a lot of us have been discouraged about going to Togo cause nobody wants to goan start soaking Garri where we don't know anyone
and it's dis same department a lecturer asked us to sit in the floor, jump with our hands on our mouth wth??
it's also in dis same department your lecturer will curse you, and say all sort of mean things and kill the little self esteem left
No body wants to report to anyone cause if they mark ur face ehn, well we are TIRED.
Tired of being treated like we don't have a say for crying it's our education we're talking about here. and what we're going through is called ACADEMIC VICTIMIZATION...And pls don't disclose my identity I wanto graduate first ''