Kaduna university students protest non-accreditation of medical courses

Some medical students of the Kaduna State University, KASU, Monday morning blocked the main gates of the school, in protest of the non-accreditation of medical courses at the school and the lack of a teaching hospital.

The school’s department of medicine was established shortly after its opening in 2004.

The students, carrying placards in front of the university’s campus along Tafawa Balewa Way, Kaduna lamented that the medical department has been abandoned since its establishment.

They also pointed out that there was no teaching hospital where they could conduct their clinical.

The protesting students blocked the school gates for hours not allowing both staff and students to get into the main campus.

One of the protesting students, who did not want his name to be mentioned, told PREMIUM TIMES that the school authorities and state government had no plans for the students.

“Before this administration, we were told that the Barau Dikko Hospital, a state owned hospital would be transformed into the university teaching hospital,” he said. “But after the demise of the former governor, Ibrahim Yakowa, work has stopped and just recently the government of Ramalan Yero sponsored about twenty of the school medical students on a scholarship to a University in Uganda to complete their studies.”

He said that the governor announced releasing the sum of N800 million for the scholarship scheme.

“The governor could have used that money to finish the project and we will all do our clinical in the state,” the student said.

He also said that they intended to keep protesting at intervals until the government and the school authorities came to their rescue.

When contacted, an official of the Education ministry, who spoke under anonymity as he was not officially cleared to do so, said the students were not being fair to the government at the moment.

He said the present government was doing all it took to make sure Barau Dikko Hospital was renovated to standard and work had never stopped at the hospital.

He also acknowledged “the good gesture” of the governor for providing the scholarship for the medical students to go to Uganda to finish their course before the state owned teaching hospital was ready.

The spokesperson to the governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, debunked the statement of some of the students that government was not working to provide the school with its own teaching hospital.

“Governor Yero has done very well on the situation the student are angry about. The essence of the scholarship is for the students to keep their education going while the government try to finish the hospital for the student clinical,” Mr. Maiyaki said.

Meanwhile by Monday afternoon, normalcy had returned to the school.


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  • Jarimi

    As long as that man called Mugu Qurix remains the vice chancellor of kasu, it will be difficult to complete the teaching hospital. Mugu has been misleading the Yero administration on the matter. All the resources that could have been used to complete the teaching hospital have been diverted to develop other faculties at the kafanchan campus of the university that were introduced in between 2012 and 2013. Mugu does not want the medical programme to succeed because the faculty is not located at kafanchan. Period.

  • kcee

    This article is fit for the trash. Poeple that wouldn’t see any objectivity. The President was very sincere and didn’t beat around. Our former President you claimed gave us the best economy lied to CNN and the whole world how there was no corruption and how electricity was supplied 18 hours a day. Nigerians are used to been lied to and wants Buhari to continue in that trend

    • Outraged

      Now what do you expect when every tom dick and harry is writing a opinion?

  • absam777

    This writer said and I quote; ” Does this not explain why our economy, recently adjudged the biggest economy in Africa under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is now among the worst in the continent just seven months after Buhari and the All Progressives Congress took over power?”

    This guy should be ashamed of himself for writing this rubbish. Do you call the voodoo economics and government ran by Jonathan the best. You are deluded and tribally biased.

  • JasV

    I have witnessed presidential media chat in his country where your president that you missed so much and will not have peace until he becomes the head of your family, declared that corruption is not stealing. I witnessed another one where the only sensible thing that came out of the mouth of the first lady was “There is God O” . Definitely you were not in this country then. Even if you were you were so impressed by this your President’s economic performance that you kept your mouth shut. I keep wandering, and so so amazed when people because of their bread being buttered kept quiet when their mother’s hand is being giving in marriage to armed robbers. That’s exactly what people like you did to Nigeria.

    • MOG

      U did not address the issues raised on the PMB’s media chat. I think u should leave GEJ for now, it is PMB that is on the stage. Lets stop being evasive to the main issues. Yes, PMB is our president and we love him and want him to succeed, but that does not mean we will applaud him where he didn’t do well. We should rather tell him the truth so that he doesn’t disappoint those of us who have confidence in him. Defending flouting of court orders by anybody under any guise is very dangerous. Except you don’t see the bigger picture. It is Dasuki, kani and others today, it could be any Nigerian tomorrow.