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“8 Years, Still 300 Level” — Medical Students Demand Compensation, Transfer From UNIABUJA.

Actually this sad state of UNIABUJA has been going on for a while, almost all (if not all students) are aggrieved with the way things are going on in the University ranging from protests, strikes, non-accreditation of courses, postponement of exams and there is surea lot. Going on in the school with the Medical students feeling the have been the one suffering the most.

Let me quickly refresh your minds concerning the saga as it began:
UNIABUJA Now Home To Refugees As Varsity Remains Closed
University of Abuja, UNIABUJA Resumes 4th February 2013 As Strike Ends
University Of Abuja, UNIABUJA Postpones Final Year Exam To 19th February, 2013
Policemen Threaten To Shoot, Arrest Protesting UNIABUJA Students Over Non-Accreditation Of Courses
UNIABUJA Students To Be Moved To Other Universities To Complete Degree
UNIABUJA 2nd Semester Examination Begins 18th March, 2011/2012!!!
UNIABUJA Engineering Students Transferred To FUTA, UNILORIN, ABU, Others To Complete Degree
University of Abuja, UNIABUJA Is A Shame – Education Minister
UNIABUJA Crisis: Aggrieved Lecturers Are Pursuing Their Personal Interests – VC

Actually, you will agree with me that the sad state of the university and their tales of woes is going on for too long. And as at Monday morning (yesterday), medical students of the University of Abuja blocked entrance to the school, protesting stalled medical programmes at Uniabuja without accreditation.

The students demanded to be transferred to other universities, complaining they were tired of the school authorities “lying to us, deceiving us, wasting our productive years.”

They have also demanded that the university pay each medical student N10 million each in compensation for the “torture” of attending school for nearly a decade without accreditation. The peaceful protest prompted the cancellation of examinations set for thousands of distance-learning students.

Early on, the students were met with heavy campus security intent on forcing open the school gates, which the protesters had sealed. Students claim security forced the gates open and threw stones at them, with one insisting one of the security officers ‘used a knife’ on
him.

Security “broke down the lock we kept on the gate, they started stoning,” he said. “We were on our own. I was sitting in front of the gate. All of a sudden something came on [my back]. I turned back to see what happened, then I saw a cutlass.” Officials insist school authorities could not have ordered heavy and armed crackdown on protesting students.

Tortured
Moves to accredit medical sciences at University of Abuja have been stalled for long, and students say they cannot afford to keep waiting indefinitely.

“People who were still in secondary school when we started medical school have already graduated, but look at us,” lamented Uchenna. “We just want to be transferred to other schools. Let’s start out lives.”

Their justification for a N10 million compensation comes from how much money they have committed to studies for the past eight years — yearly tuition, off-campus accommodation costing up to N200,000 per year. “It was never our fault. It was in JAMB brochure we applied for medicine at University of Abuja,” said Uchenna.

Among placards on display, one read: “8 years and still in 300 level” Without MBBS exams since 2005, the medical students — more than 100 of them so far — have never officially reached their fourth year of medical study.

“Most of our students have been at home for the past five years. It is an infringement on our right to education. All the final-year students in this school met me in this school. For how long will this continue?” asks one student. “I will only leave this school when they gave me transfer, and I want the transfer to be done within the shortest possible time. We are tired of waiting for school management that are inept in getting issues done.”

Another student says: “Because hostel accommodation are not enough, we pay N250,000 every year. This is enough for us to go outside Nigeria to school and we are hoping that one day we will graduate from a university in Nigeria — and someone is sitting upon it playing politics with out future. We want to be transferred from University of Abuja. We have been posted for too long.

Personally, I feel sorry for these students, its is a case of “Who is deceiving Who”, even the NUC intervened in this matter at a stage, what they are doing on the matter to resolve it is still unknown. When people say Education is the best Legacy, is this the kind of legacy they mean? I hope not.

Post Compiled by : Taiwo Olasot

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