22 November 2012

Nigeria: Don't Bully Us, Medical Students Beckon On Varsity Senate

Students of the Benue State University College of Health Sciences, Monday, urged the University Senate to review its stand on the signing of an undertaking regarding their recent protests.

In an open letter addressed to the Chairman of the Senate and copied to its members and notice boards on campus, the students lamented that "some medical students have stayed in this university between five and nine years, but are yet to complete their fourth academic year."

The letter queried why the Senate never replied any of the letters written to it by the students. It decried that the Senate never called them to present their case before it took its decisions affecting the College.

"Has the Senate in her wisdom wondered why Benue State University medical students have never been violent or locked up any principal officer of the university over the years as is being done by other medical students in similar situations in other universities?" the letter queried.

"For us the medical students, it is not about being arrogant, proud, stubborn and disobedient as being alleged in certain quarters. Rather, it is about our future, it is about assisting the Senate to be more logical in decisions concerning our plight and that of the students; it is about our unwavering belief that the best is possible for our university, hospital and state if people do the right things they are supposed to do.

"For the avoidance of doubt, the medical students resort to mass action when it becomes the last available option."

The students, who claimed they are the victims all the time, accused the university of advertising a product it did not have. "The University probably advertised a product it did not have, and we applied ignorantly.

Law, Mr Tony Fyanka resigned his position as Legal Adviser on Tuesday. In a three-paged letter written to the association, Mr Fyanka lamented that the students had taken major decisions that had legal implications without seeking his counsel.

Meanwhile, an accreditation panel from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN was in the school penultimate Wednesday and last Thursday to inspect facilities and there was optimism that the College was going to succeed this time.

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