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By Uzoh Ugwueze  Enugu

A mild drama played out at the premises of the Federal Neuropsychiat­ric Enugu on Tuesday when blocked the only entrance to the a coffin.

The currently on 18-month course at the and due to write their professional examinations accused the management of the institution of failing to remit the examination fees they paid to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) who failed to show up to conduct their examination.

The angry students armed with placards and green leaves, carried a mock coffin to re­monstrate against the medical director of the hospital, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe and the officer in charge of training in the hos­pital, Mr. Andrew Onowigwe. Following a dramatic burial procession round the hospital, the placed the white coffin at the entrance gate preventing people from either going in or out of the hospital.

President of the students’ union government, Amadi Chisom, accused of frustrating their future. “Apart from our school fees, we paid N41,000 for this examination and we have been in discussion with Mr. Andrew, who claimed they had registered us for the examination.

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“But, to our chagrin, we discovered that they did not pay anything to them. As we speak, the exam has started across the country but we have been aban­doned to our fate. We are not going to take this lightly. What we are talking about here is a year and eight months. Some of us left our work places this period on

a study leave. What are they going back with now?” she queried.

Also speaking, one of the affected , Charity Eze, a member of staff of the Univer­sity of Nigeria Teaching Hospi­tal, said she was in shock and confusion.

She said, “I was sent here from the UNTH and I am sup­posed to resume work on the 12th of this month. They are expecting me to come back with the certificate. So, what story am I going to tell them now?”

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Our correspondent reports that no member of team addressed the protesters. Efforts by this paper to get the views of On­wukwe and Onowigwe proved abortive as they did not pick calls placed on their phones or return the calls. Messages sent to them were not equally responded to as at press time.

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