Twelve of the 30 pioneer medical students of the University of Abuja, who enrolled in 2005, have failed their final examinations.
The university’s Deputy Registrar in charge of Information and Publications, Waziri Garba, said in a statement today, Monday, that the results of the students’ final professional examinations which were released on November 24, showed that five of the 18 successful medical students passed with distinction in surgery.
Waziri Garba said that the pioneer medical students could not graduate all the while due to non-accreditation of the university’s medicine and surgery course, by the National Universities Commission (NUC), adding that the course has since secured full accreditation.
The spokesman said that the 18 successful students would be inducted on December 2, adding that the induction is significant since the students are the first set.
He said that the induction ceremony will hold at the main campus of the university and will feature a lecture by a renowned member of the medical profession, Professor Adetokumbo Ademola. He is a Professor of Public Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology,’’ he said.
Garba disclosed that the pioneer Provost of the University’s College of Health Sciences, Professor Jam Otubu, would be honoured at the event.
The then Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, in April 2012, announced suspension of medicine, agriculture, veterinary medicine and engineering courses in the university, after a panel set up to assess needs of universities visited the institution.
The students had sometimes staged peaceful protests against their continued stay in school, demanding to be transferred to other universities.