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NUC Chief Speaks On UNIABUJA School Of Medicine Accreditation

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, says there is no time frame for the accreditation of courses for the University of Abuja School of Medicine.

Okojie made this known at the opening of a three-day National Stakeholder’s meeting on the Nigerian Research and Education Network in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said although the students had been clamouring and protesting for the accreditation of the courses, the NUC must ensure that it followed due process to ensure a credible accreditation.

The executive secretary reiterated the commission’s commitment to ensure that graduates were well equipped and could compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

Okojie had in the wake of the protest by the university’s medical students blamed the university’s former Vice Chancellors, Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, for initiating engineering and medical programmes without approval.

The university had been embroiled in crisis following the suspension of Engineering, Veterinary, Agriculture and Medical students in April 2012 by the Federal Ministry of Education over non-accreditation.

Meanwhile, Okojie says the latest development followed NUC’s inspection visit which discovered that the university has failed to equip its community clinic, a basic requirement for medical examination.

He said that as a result, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, refused to allow the medical students to sit for their final examination.

Most of the students, NAN learnt, had spent between seven to eight years without moving to the next level and unable to write the MBBS professional examination.

Engineering students of the university protested in November 2012, over the issue.

In its efforts to resolve the crisis, the university’s management, in collaboration with the NUC had earlier this year announced the transfer of engineering students to five other universities in the country.

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