How long should it take to study Medicine and Surgery in any university in Nigeria? It is six years, according to the National Universities Commission (NUC), the body that accredits and regulates academic curricula.
But, at the Imo State University (IMSU) in Owerri, the period for medical training seems indefinite, as students admitted into the Medical College are yet to graduate, 10 years after. Reason: the insitution’s medical programmes have not been accredited by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) after three consecutive attempts.
Worried by the development, medical students staged a protest that disrupted activities on the campus last Monday. The protesters decried what they called the school’s “slow response” to the accreditation challenges, resolving that they would boycott lectures and clinical activities until the management gets their programmes accredited.