Akin Akande, Abuja
Succor may have finally come the way of Medical students at University of Abuja as Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufa’i said yesterday that arrangements were on with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other stakeholders to accredit the medical course of the University which has thrown the institution into disarray in the past few months.
She said government was still grappling with challenges of carrying capacity for most of the universities and at such has no intention of transferring the 120 medical students to other universities to complete their programme just like was done for students of Faculty of Engineering.
According to the minister, “the process of accreditation for the medical students is almost concluded and in the next few weeks the students will resume classes.
“We are not resting on the issue of University of Abuja, we as stakeholders are not happy about the fate of the students but due process must be followed to get all the necessary accreditation and I am assuring the students and Nigerians that in a shortest while, the whole would be resolved”.
The minister who spoke at the on-going ministerial platform at the Federal Ministry of Information, Abuja acknowledged the rot in the sector over the past years and attributed it to the slow pace of progress in the sector in the past two years of the Jonathan administration.
She dismissed insinuations that the sector is under-funded, saying, “There is adequate funding for education in the last few years but the problem bedeviling the sector is improper utilization of funds.
“This administration inherited a big mess in the education sector hence people hardly appreciate the significant efforts government is putting in place to address the rot.
“People usually attribute funding to be the bane of the sector but I tell you federal ministry of education has adequate funding and when adequately utilized, can deliver the sector and reposition her to the pride of the nation.
“Education is a huge sector with numerous institutions and with many decades of decay, the transformation we expect from the sector cannot happen overnight. I can assure Nigerians that we are not relenting but doing our best to ensure that the transformation in education sector is felt by all Nigerians”.