By Uzoh Ugwueze Enugu
The nurses currently on 18-month psychiatric course at the hospital 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 protesting nurses 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 the hospital management 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.
“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 nurses, 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?”
Our correspondent reports that no member of the hospital management 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.