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Crisis Looms In Madonna University Over Suspension Of 30 Final Year Students

By Ignatius Okpara – Unhappy with the recent suspension of 30 final year nursing students by authorities of Madonna University, Elele Campus, Rivers state, other students of the institution have petitioned the National University Commission NUC over the matter.

Apart from the petition to the NUC, the students have also threatened a legal action against the institution should it fails to reverse the unlawful act.

African Examiner gathered that those affected, are final year Nursing Students of the Rev. Father Emannuel Edeh, owned Missionary University.

Management of the institution had last Friday handed suspension letters to 30 of 169 Nursing students, an action many view as controversial, Illegal and unwarranted.

According to the letter of suspension, the students were sent home for one academic session for absconding from School and over staying their posting period for clinical exposure at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Owerri.

The le‎tter reads: “investigation and evidence brought before the Senate committee on discipline revealed that you (30 suspended students) absconded from the Original accommodation (hostel) assigned to you by the University during your clinical at Owerri and rented a house outside without the school authorization.”

“Consequently, the University authority has decided that you should be suspended from the institution for one academic year”

“Accordingly, you are hereby suspended, your due date for resumption of studies in the campus will be October 2015″, the University”

The suspension letters, were signed by the School registrar C. A Ezeh, and it was dated November 20, 2014 but handed over to the 30 affected students on December 5, 2014.

Our correspondent leant that trouble started when a total of 169 nursing students who were on a clinical exposure at FMC Owerri were forced by the Madonna University Management to reside in a rented 14 rooms apartment where about 12 students were meant to live inside a room.

This development was immediately rejected by many of the students who rather than live in the rented apartment, opted to live with their parents, guardians and friends in Owerri.

The action of the students did not go down well with the school management and hence suspended the students.


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