19 December 2012

Nigeria: Benue Varsity Medical Students Apologize to Management Over Protest

Students of the Benue State University College of Health Sciences have apologized to the Vice Chancellor and the Senate of the university over their recent protests.

This move was made in a letter signed by the Benue State University Medical Students' Association (BESUMSA), President, Kawen Pededo and Secretary General, Evaristus Antiev and addressed to the Vice Chancellor.

It was also copied to the Governor of the State, Commissioner of Health, Commissioner of Education, Commissioner of Police, Secretary to the State Government, the University Senate and the Provost of the College.

A copy made available to QuadLife reads: "I humbly write on behalf of the entire medical students of the Benue State University to tender our unreserved and sincere apology to the VC who doubles as the Chairman of the Senate, her lieutenants and all members of the Senate for the recent protests we embarked upon.

"Since inception of the College of Health Sciences in 2003, efforts have been made by the state government, the Benue State University and the Teaching Hospital managements to ensure the graduation of medical students.

"Our protests negated respect and constituted embarrassment to the state government, the Benue State University particularly the VC, and the Senate. We are not oblivious of the magnitude of our arrogance. Words alone cannot express how sober we are, but our apologies are for your kind considerations."

It would be recalled that in October this year, the students embarked on protests during which the VC, Professor Charity Angya, the Provost, Professor Shima Gyoh, the Chief Medical Director, Professor Abraham Malu and the Secretary to the State Government, David Salisu, were locked out of the College.

The protests were against the inability of the Teaching Hospital to secure accreditation, which had made the students over-stay in the school. Following a visit by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria while the students were still at home, the Teaching Hospital was granted full accreditation.

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