Benue State University, Makurdi has issued a statement regarding the suspension of medical students spanning from 200 to 600 levels from the College of Health Sciences, in a significant step in response to recent campus disturbances.
Reason for Suspension
The Benue State University Management Committee voiced worry over the conduct of its medical students after a sequence of incidents and ensuing discussions with relevant parties. These feelings were mostly sparked by an event that happened on October 25, 2023.
After consulting with the coordinator of security and the dean of students, the university administration concluded that appropriate action was required to preserve institutional integrity and decorum. The most recent course of action was brought about by the students’ significant disobedience to university policies and procedures.
Key Resolutions and Directives
Investigative Committee Formation
To further delve into the root causes of the recent demonstration, the Management Committee decided to:
- Constitute an Investigative Committee that will scrutinize both the immediate and remote reasons for the student’s demonstrations.
- Offer recommendations to ensure such incidents do not recur in the future.
The College of Health Sciences’ Top Management Committee has been tasked to:
- Execute resolutions based on the reports of various committees that convened following the students’ demonstration.
The crux of the announcement centres on the suspension of the medical students. Specifically:
- Medical students from 200 to 600 levels will embark on a month-long suspension starting at 8:00 a.m., Monday, 30th October 2023. These students are expected to resume their academic activities on Wednesday, 29th November 2023.
- Upon their return, every student is mandated to provide a Sworn Affidavit from a competent Court of Law, affirming their good conduct. Furthermore, they are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will co-sign this undertaking.
In a related development, the Benue State University Medical Students Association (BESUMSA) will remain suspended until further notice. All affected students are also advised to vacate their hostels by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 30th October 2023.
In an effort to maintain transparency and keep all stakeholders informed, the university management has publicly announced the suspension. They urge all staff, students, the university community at large, and the general public to take note of these directives.