By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The appointment of a firm, Zellence, to collect fees for the cash-strapped Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, is causing ripples in the institution.
All the people who spoke to Vanguard on the development expressed dissatisfaction that the firm was allegedly â€œengaged by the institutionâ€™s Governing Council at an undisclosed sum of money to do the administrative aspect of collection of fees from the studentsâ€.
The new method was introduced, following the violent demonstration by students of the university, over what they called â€œastronomical rise in schools of the institutionâ€. The appointment of a firm to collect fees from students was condemned by the students and staff of IMSU.
â€œWhat is the function of Zellence in the entire transaction? How much does Zellence take in doing virtually nothing? Was the contract advertised for competitive bidding? We would like to know the person that brought Zellence into IMSU and for what reasonâ€, an aggrieved senior academic staff queried.
He wondered if the University could afford the luxury of hiring a contractor to do a job the Bursary and the banks are capable of doing, especially in the face of mounting cash crunch.
â€œApart from increase in school fees, what has the Governing Council achieved since it was set up by the state government? They sit almost on a daily basis even as the Chairman of the Governing Council believes he is an Executive Chairmanâ€, the senior staff said.