The mandatory payment of the N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by returning students of Babcock University has been described as "a scam" by parents and guardians.
Management of the university, in a statement posted on the institution's website, stated that students were to pay N25,000 each before they would be allowed to resume classes.
Calling on the intervention of the Federal Government, a parent said, “We are calling on the Federal Government to intervene and come out with a clear guideline regarding Covid-19 and school resumption before other universities copy what Babcock is doing.”
Contending the directive of the institution, parents question the motive and goal behind the mandatory payment stating, “So what then is behind the motive of collecting N25, 000 from parents? A student presents his teller, and is allowed into the campus without knowing his Covid-19 status. If it is a student with Covid-19, he will spread it amongst other students before the test result is out. So what does the school want to achieve if not to make money."
Another parent said, “In this country, people always take undue advantage of every situation. This looks like a scam and the government should quickly come in before other schools see Covid-19 as an avenue to make quick money.”
In response to the claims of the parents, the university's Director of Marketing and Communication, Joshua Suleiman, said, “We have the capacity in terms of certified human and materials resources, infrastructure and efficient structures to screen for COVID-19 for credible results. Our returning students are arriving on campus in phases. The first batch will arrive on 20/21st of September. These are students in 400L, 500L and 600L. The second batch will arrive on 25th. These are students in 200L and 300L”.