Some first year medical students at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has sued the university at the Federal High Court in Lagos and have earnestly pleaded with the court to reject as invalid the resolution of the Senate of the institution, which they claimed altered the academic condition necessary for them to move on to their second year.
The group of about 31 students of the school, alleged that the agreement reached by the Senate on January 27th, was ‘an attempt to weed them out of the university’. The case was allocated to Justice Sule Hassan who fixed hearing for today, 22 march, Punch reports.
The angry students who urged the court to annul the Senate’s decision through their lawyer, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, maintained that the institution had raised the academic requirement for studying the course in order to provide sufficient space for diploma students who they claim paid N500,000 to the University of Lagos College of Medicine. In addition to annulling the Senate’s decision, they also sought an order of writ ‘removing and reviewing the decision’.
Following the explanation of the students, they were given admission into the school in the 2014/2015 academic session, to study Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, Physiology and Radiography as a result of their success in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation, Examination, UTME and the post-UTME organised by the university.
When they were admitted into the university, the academic conditions they needed to fulfill in order move on to their 200 level were clearly recorded in the 2014-2016 Information Handbook of the Faculty of Science pre-Medical and Pharmacy programmes given to them.
The students further explained that:
“The said revision was not carried out with noble and genuine intentions to enhance academic standards in the MBBS and other medical programmes in the College of Medicine.
“It was also not for the reason of adherence to the admission quota of either the National Universities Commission or of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria for the MBBS in the College of Medicine, (which is 150 for the College of Medicine).
“It was for the purpose of creating admission spaces for foundational course students who are given (or more appropriately sold) admission into the MBBS and other medical programmes upon participating in a one-year programme organised by a Joint Unified Preliminary Examination Board for which they paid to the university a minimum total fee of N400,000 per session.
“The said payment is part of the internally generated revenue of the university, a stream of revenue which has attracted wide criticism in the university system in Nigeria, for lack of transparency and accountability in its management.”