Over time, as a student, you must have come across one fake bulletin or memo drawing the attention of unsuspecting students to a particular issue.
One of such was a bulletin which stated that the NDU first semester will resume 22nd November, 2019 instead of the earlier November 8th, 2019.
There was also a post online stating the total amount of graduate clearance amounting to over a hundred thousand Naira. Although there was no refutation of this from the university management, the said amount was not actually implemented as the original post did not emanate from the university management.
Another memo was the one sent to some freshers stating that the sum of N20,000 is to be paid for course enrollment. This the University has debunked via a counteracting memo released which was also published in the University’s respective websites.
During March 29th through April 1st, 2020, there were posts online stating that the school fees of NDU has been reduced to N50,000 for indigenes and N70,000 for non-indigenes. This the Vice Chancellor also refutes in his recent radio talkshow.
Currently, another fake memo has been spreading online stating that the NDU will resume 22nd of September, 2020. This also, the office of the Public Relations Officer (PRO) has debunked.
There has been series of speculations here and there over the years which were later found to be baseless and false.
But why these fake bulletins and memos you may wonder. Lets take a review of some of the possible causes of fake bulletins and memos.
Reasons Why There Are Fake Bulletins and Memos
1. For Fraudulent Purposes
One of the reasons why you see fake bulletins and memos is because they are used for fraudulent purposes. A fraudster may draft the bulletin to defraud a fresher/applicant and such applicant (especially the wise ones) may further confirm by sharing with a colleague if the content is reliable. It is from this sharing for confirmation purpose that the fake bulletin emerge online.
2. To Defraud Parents
Many students have been caught up in the act of collecting extra non-existent fees from their parents. To perfect their plans, they draft fake bulletins or memos to show to their parents. Recall that the school fees of 2017/2018 was redrafted by some unscrupulous elements where some fresher’s school fees reached a whooping N230,000 – something the school management vehemently refuted. These things some students do just to collect extra fees from their parents/sponsors/guardians.
3. Perceived Management Test-and-Observe Policy
Over the years, many observers has accused management of engaging in test-and-observe policies. They claim that the management publish some bulletins/memo incognito to ascertain public’s perceptions on such policies. An observer once said that if these anti-students policies are not vehemently opposed, management may adopt it as a working document, hence called on his readers to always oppose any bulletin published incognito.
Another observer cited three instances of the above: the concurrent semester which was published under the faculty of management science timetable instead of a bulletin/memo under the office of the VC or Registrar; the graduate clearance bulletin which quoted graduate clearance fees to be more than a N100,000 and a previous school fees schedule which quoted the highest fees to be N230,000 in 2017/2018 academic session.
Members of the public believes that these managerial intentions could not hold because they were strongly criticized. And in some cases, management figures made statements debunking those bulletins/memos.
4. For Mere Fun
A very important reason why you may see a fake bulletin is the funny students trying to catch in on victims (non-fraudulent). A very good example of this was the 2020 April fools’ post. Students had on March 31st, 2020 posted that the NDU school fees had been reduced to N50,000 for indigenes and N70,000 for non-indigenes. By April 1st which was April Fools’ Day, the post had gone viral. Despite being aware that it is an April Fools’ Day, many students prefer to believe it is true till date. In our back end office, many searches are still coming in from Google from persons searching if the NDU school fees have been reduced. A trend to show that many are still not aware that such news was an April Fools’ news.
How To Confirm Suspected Fake News
There are many ways to confirm information which you are skeptical of. To confirm any report you see online, quickly visit the University’s official website – www.ndu.edu.ng. Scroll down and you will see a section of the homepage dedicated for latest news. If such news is authentic, you will get it there (There is an exception to this. The 2020/2021 Post UTME bulletin did not show here until a future date).
Otherwise, you can also check www.ndufees.com. The homepage often contains certain information. The homepage of this website currently contains information refuting the N20,000 for course enrolment.
You can also follow or message the University PRO on facebook at NDU PRO to check if he has posted any info on the perceived fake rumour. Alternatively, you can call or visit him in his office at the Senate biulding.
Another very efficient way to confirm fake reports is by reaching us here. Sometimes, we are often quicky privy to some of these fake reports. We immediately call/reach relevant offices for confirmation. If we are privy to the information, we can also help allay any fears.