University of Ibadan sends medical students home

Authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI) on Sunday closed its medical college and directed students to vacate hostels by noon on the same day.

The directive is contained in a release signed by the institution’s Registrar,  Olujinmi Olukoya and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

According to the release, the Academic Board of the College of Medicine considered the possible security threat that the students’ agitation, against school fees, could pose.

Thus, the board recommended the closure.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, approved the board’s recommendation and directed that medical students should leave their hostels by 12 noon on Sunday.

The President of the university’s Medical Students Association, Mr Olakorede Jacob, frowned at the closure in a telephone interview.

Jacob said the association was not contacted through any official notice before the college was shot down.

”We only saw copies of the release to that effect pasted around the hostel premises.

”Nonetheless, we have no choice than to adhere to the directive,” he said.

The Renaissance reports that the decision of management to close the medical college was in connection with the staged protest by the students against an increase in accommodation fee and the introduction of a new fee described as ”professional training fee”.

The students claimed that the increase was capable of making some of them abandon their medical course.

The professional fee ranged from N75,000 to N100,000 per student, while accommodation fee in the halls of residence was raised to N30,000 per student.

As at the time of this report, all occupants of the Alexandra Brown Hall in the University College Hospital (UCH) had vacated the hostel.

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