From Paul Ibe, Enugu
At least 90 medical graduates of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, on Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration at the Enugu Campus of the University over the failure of the institution to issue them with practicing license.
The aggrieved intending Doctors, had besieged the Faculty Building with placards with inscriptions such as “Our Internship have been denied because we do not have license; UNN and MRTBN, please set us free; We are trapped, stagnated and helpless, no license, no induction, no job”.
The students, who graduated since last year from the Medical Rehabilitation Department, called on the authorities to intervene in the standoff between the school management and Medical Rehabilitation Technical Board of Nigeria, MRTBN.
The angry graduates said their licenses for induction, which was long over due, was being delayed over administrative standoff between the school and MRTBN.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Mr. Ifeanyi Uwaegbuonu said, ”We were told to pay N50,000 each for our induction, which we did. Since last year, we have not received any information concerning our license and this has hampered our induction.
“We have laid our grievance to various relevant authorities but to no avail. From our efforts at MRTBN, we discovered that there is an administration problem between the school and the Board.
“We have been denied access to write our internship exams at various centres because we do not have license. All the places we went for internship turned us down. They referred to us as quacks.
“It was during our efforts that we found out that the problem between MRTBN and the school is that the Board said a Physiotherapist should be the Head of Department instead of a Medical Doctor that we have now as HOD”.
Commenting on the matter, the Registrar of the Board, Mrs. Akunle Olufunke said “it’s our rule that a physiotherapist should head the department and we are strict about it.
” As it stands now, our relationship with the institution has been suspended until the right thing is done”.
However, the acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Enugu Campus of the UNN, Emma Onyeabor described the situation as a minor issue which the institution was working hard to rectify.