Benue Varsity Students Protest non-completion of Medical School

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

The non accreditation of the Benue state University Medical and Dental School is now brewing fresh problem as the medical and dental students yesterday staged a demonstration at the Benue state government house to protest the non completion of the University’s teaching Hospital which they said is necessary condition for their graduation.
The Medical and Dental students who  trouped  government house as early as 8AM blocked the main entrance to the Benue power House  obstructing  traffic into the place and other major government offices located in the area.
Mr. Innocent Ochigbo Aba , the Medical and Dental students president who recounted their ordeal to newsmen  said the Medical and Dental students have been stagnated for five years without any hope of graduating .
According to him the Benue state University Teaching Hospital which is necessary for accreditation of the programme seems to be abandoned   by government irrespective of the promise made by the state governor to complete the project within two weeks prior to President Jonathan’s visit to commission.
“…four sets have been pile locked at four hundred level without any hope of graduating because there is no Teaching Hospital for us to do our clinicals, and government seems to be playing politics to this issue. Three months after President Goodluck Jonathan came and commissioned the Teaching Hospital Project nothing is happening at the place and if the project is not completed and our programme accredited we will not graduate and our whole stay in school will amount to a waste”. He lamented.

The BSU Medical and Dental student’s president implore the state government to move them to other schools so that they will be able to complete their programme, since the completion of the teaching hospital in a no distant time is not feasible.
However, Secretary to the Benue state government Dr. David Salifu who stood in for the governor said government is not resting on its oars to ensure the timely completion of the Teaching Hospital for the students to begin their clinical.
The SSG said the major projects at the Teaching Hospital have already been completed and few aspects are remaining adding that the keys of the completed projects will be handed over to the university management within two days time.
Dr. Salifu advised the students to remain calm saying every arrangement is put in place by government to ensure that the course is accredited.

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