17 January 2013

Nigeria: Imo Varsity Medical Students Protest Non-Accreditation

Owerri — Medical students of the Imo State University have urged the state government to resolve the non-accreditation of their programme.

They made the call yesterday during a peaceful demonstration to the Government House, Owerri, that resulted in the blocking of major roads and streets in the city.

Addressing journalists, president of the Medical Students Association, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Victor Nwokeji, said they wanted to draw the attention of the governor to their plight.

Nwokeji said some students had spent up to 10 years in the university for a six-year programme still with no date of graduation in sight.

He said the government needed to address the problem of facilities and inadequate number of medical consultants and lecturers.

He said incessant strikes at the university's teaching hospital had also disrupted their academic calendar.

He pointed out that because of their long stay in the institution some of their parents had abandoned them, leaving many depressed.

"Our learning environment is appalling. We don't have classes. We have 10 sets of medical students sharing four classes. Most times we fight for classes. Also, the consultants in the school are resigning; they are going to greener pastures.

"Accommodation is also a problem. No accommodation to cater for the more than 500 students. We are therefore left at the mercy of the villagers," he said.

Deputy Governor of the state, Jude Agbaso, who received the students on behalf of the governor said the state government would look into their plight and urged them to remain calm as a response would come within 72 hours.

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