By FAVOUR NNABUGWU
ABUJA—Piqued by the plight of students of University of Abuja whose programmes, including Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Engineering, were suspended recently, the Federal Government yesterday announced the setting up of a ministerial task team to liaise with the institution to ensure compliance with modalities by the university.
Minister of Education, Prof Ruqquayat Rufa’i, made the disclosure yesterday when she received representatives of the affected students in her office.
According to her, the committee will work out modalities on how to meet the six months time frame set for the university to meet the accreditation requirements as promised by the vice chancellor.
The minister said the committee, comprising ministry’s officials, the National Universities Commission, NUC and Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Tetfund would meet with the various regulatory bodies such as COREN, VET Council and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Earlier, the medical students of the institution, under the umbrella body of University of Abuja Medical Students Association, UAMSA, had lauded the minister for her motherly intervention into the matter and urged her to initiate consultations with the necessary bodies involved in the transfer process.
The students in a resolution reached at the end of a meeting earlier this month, noted that after wide consultations with parents, Medical and Dental Council, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital management, senior medical practitioners and the school management, said the best way out of the crisis was for the management to put necessary things in place within six months as proposed by the vice chancellor.
The students, however, pleaded with the minister to assist the university management in achieving the task.
“We urged you to give the Vice Chancellor the necessary support in terms of funding and ease of access to allocated funds to the university,” they said