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RSUST Undergraduate Expelled While Writing Exams, Jane Ihuoma Otta Sues Rivers State University

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RSUST Undergraduate Expelled While Writing Exams, Jane Ihuoma Otta Sues Rivers State University

RSUST Undergraduate expelledJames Otta(Middle)

Feb 19, 2016 – RSUST Undergraduate Expelled While Writing Exams, Jane Ihuoma Otta Sues Rivers State University

A Port Harcourt High Court has adjourned till 21 March 21, 2016 to continue hearing on the matter between the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, and a female student who was deregistered while she was writing her exams, because of her hearing impairment.

The applicant, Miss Jane Ihuoma Otta, who was admitted by the institution during the 2014/2015 academic session, was deregistered from the university when they found out that she hears partially but could speaks.

The university deregistered her on the ground of disability.
The applicant’s counsel, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Rotimi Oguneso, had come to court to challenge the action of the university on behalf of his client, asking the institution to explain to the court and the public the Nigerian law that prevents physically challenged persons from acquiring education in any Nigerian institution up to any university degree she desires.

In her ruling after the defendant’s counsel, Mr Uche F. Ewule told the court that they were ready to resolve the matter out of Court, Justice S. O. Iragunima, adjourned the matter for the parties to resolve the issue out of court and then inform the court about the outcome at the next hearing date.

Jane Ihuoma Otta

Speaking with journalists at the court premises, Rotimi Oguneso (SAN), condemned the injustice meted out his client (Jane) by the institution, asserting that it is not acceptable and that the action of RSUST contradicts the Nigeria law that provides equal rights to every citizen.

He further disclosed that the defendant had approached him to settle the matter out of court.

“We have come to court on behalf of Jane Otta who contacted us that she was unfairly discriminated against. She was sent packing from the school without any justification other than the fact that they said she had some disabilities, that she has problem with hearing. We felt that that is not acceptable with regard to the position of the law in Nigeria, in Africa and the entire world.

“Nigeria cannot be different because the law recognises the right of everybody including disabled persons and persons with special need. There is always ability in disability.
“She chooses to be a university graduate and does not want to just remain at home doing nothing. She wants to get to a peak every human wants to get to. So we brought the matter to the court but the university authorities seem to be having a different mind now from their initial position.

“My learned friend from the university has approached us that the institution wants the matter to be resolved. We are all enjoined professionally to seek peace among parties no matter what you are feeling,” Oguneso said.

On her part, Jane lamented that she has been distraught since the RSUST deregistered her.

She said her greatest dream is for her to pursue her ambition of getting educated despite her hearing impairment and would be very happy if recalled by RSUST to continue her educational pursuit without stigmatization.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Amazon

    February 20, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    I wish she will sue them for millions of money for stigmatization

  2. Tee

    February 20, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Good nice one! take them to the cleaners! era of impunity is coming to an end in Nigeria, most people see disability as a curse or some sin that may have been committed by parent or family. we purport to be wither than snow and pious but wickedness and selfishness abound everywhere you look,We do not copy good practices, most of the so called management of that UNI would have travel out and some would be proud to display BSc cam or LLb oxford but yet they can’t encourage good practice in which people with disability are handled with dignity.Instead of putting in place some support for disable student they discriminate against them. it is nice to see some one take action against the UNI in court. No your right ! though i know it is hard for less well off to get their right as guaranteed by the constitution but we should still try when we are wronged.

  3. NC

    February 20, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    The university of Rivers State should go and thank their God because Nigeria is not in Europe or in America.

  4. NC

    February 20, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Lawless country where every individual does whatever they wanna do and go scot-free.

  5. Metu Nyetu

    February 20, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    This is wickedness. The court shiuld make the institution pay for the trauma they have caused this lady. I bet the institution has realised how foolish their wickedness is. That is why they want to settle it out of court to avoid the court imposing a fine on them. The world is just getting more wicked per second.

  6. Stargurl

    February 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Jane don’t know worry the issue will soon resolve,you will surely achieved your dreams,discrimination is not good oh,she didn’t choose to have hearing impairment,God knows why he created her like that,so why are we humans discriminating against her?too bad ????

  7. Uzoma

    February 20, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    The action of this university shows that Nigeria is still backwards. De-register someone from pursuing university education because of hearing impairment? both the university president and those who authorized this type of action are stupid and are educated apes. I remember in my university days in Arkansas USA, one of the smartest students was a blind student from Nigeria. The guy is from the western part of Nigeria (for the sake of those who might be reading this who were in Arkansas in the 1980s) Little Rock to be precise. This university in Port Harcourt is trying to tell the world that in Nigeria the disabled have no chance of survival. This should not be. After all, was it not a partially blind person who was once a governor of the state of New York? In the office where I work everyone have the same right: the healthy and the disabled. I bet you, if the RSUST had known that this lady is hearing impaired, they would not have admitted her into the institution, the would have sold her passing grade to an undeserving candidate. Shame on them

  8. hope morah

    February 20, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Congratulation her welldone

  9. John Emeka

    February 21, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Dis z time 2 make moni 4rm those fools of RSUST academic board officials & here u are talking of hw 2 settle wot out of court… rubbish pple

  10. sola olaniyi

    February 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Lawless country

  11. Maryf

    February 21, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    She did the right thing. What concerns not hearing well with expelling her. She met all their requirements and was admitted, then after all her expenses to gain admission, they expelled her because of that silly excuse.

  12. Jojo

    February 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Foolish institution.

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