Akin Akande, Abuja
Despite efforts by the management of University of Abuja to secure verification and accreditation of its Medical College, 120 students of the college are asking the university management for a sum of N1.2 billion as compensation for their time wasted by the university.
Each of the students is asking for N10million as compensation for having spent more than five years in the university without progress or graduation.
Students of the College had Monday disrupted the university’s distance learning examination with three key demands.
The aggrieved students, who blocked the main entrance of the university and brought activities at the main campus along the Airport Road to a halt, are also asking for an indefinite shut down. They also want to be distributed to nearby universities as was recently done for their Engineering counterparts.
While the protest lasted, no fewer than five security personnel were injured by the angry students. One of the injured security men, The Post gathered, has been taken to the National Eye Care Centre, Kaduna following an eye injury he sustained.
However, while addressing journalists over the development, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Sunday Adelabu James, said the request by the students to be allowed to join nearby universities can only be granted by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
He noted that the request for compensation and shutting down of the university are what the university’s Senate only could decide.
An angry Professor Adelabu said that the students were only being unfair to the management of the university, noting that he as the Vice Chancellor had always treated them as his children.
The Vice Chancellor, however, insisted that the disrupted distant learning examination would continue despite threats by the Medical students to continue causing trouble.
On the state of the facilities needed for the verification and accreditation of the school’s Medical programme, Professor Adelabu said that the accreditation had been done while the Medical and Dental Councils had also come late last year and had given their observations.
He added that the interview to recruit personnel for the Medical laboratory had been fixed for next week having been canceled due to lack of competency on the part of those earlier shotlisted.
As at the time of filing this report, men of the Nigeria Police were stationed at the main entrance of the university to forestal any further breakdown of law and order.