Medical students of Kogi State University (KSU), Anyigba, staged a protest at the institution on Monday, against the non accreditation of their faculty which has been ongoing for over five years, hence the students cannot take any professional examination to qualify them for clinical training in the teaching hospital.
The College of Health Science has three sets of medical students of which two are still in 200level (A and B) and the other 300 level. The state had earlier set up a committee in December 2016 to work within six weeks and give them feedback, but the committee was reported to have worked for 12 months.
According to students who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the committee was supposed to recommend the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, but “decided to go for an upgrade of an ill-staffed, unequipped and structurally backward diagnostic hospital in the town of the University for selfish reasons.
The protest which took place at the University Senate Building premises was later put to an end around 2pm after the intervention of the faculty of medicine provost, Professor (Mrs) Margaret Araoye who addressed the protesters and urged them to put an end to the protest while they moved to the faculty for a brief meeting with the faculty board.
The medical course was introduced into the institution during the administration of Governor Idris Wada, former governor of the State before the present administration of Governor Yahaya Bello. It was also added to the Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB) Brochure for the past five years and it is yet to be accredited by the National University Commission.