Teryima Andrew, Jos
The Vice Chancellor University of Jos, Sebastian Maimako, has explain why the university fail to admit students into Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) in the 2016/2017 admission.
Represented by the deputy Vice Chancellor administration, Theresa Madu, Mr. Maimako said it was due to challenges with the National Universities Commission NUC who could not register some science courses in the department.
The Vice Chancellor made the disclosure on Tuesday, at the 4th induction and oath taking ceremony of 135 newly qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists of the institution.
“The reason for which we could not admit students into these programme in the current academic session, I am aware of the accreditation challenges in the department of medical laboratory science as well as three other programmes in the university.”
Findings by our reporter indicates that the programmes expected to be registered soon by NUC are Biochemistry, Science Laboratory Technology and History & international studies.
The VC however assured that “we are working hard to ensure a reversal of the status of these programmes by the national Universities Commission NUC. We are currently expecting a visit by the NUC next month for the accreditation of this programme as well as other new programmes that have matured.”
Admonishing the inductees, Vice Chancellor urge them to be good ambassadors of the university, and practice their professional according to it ethics.
“You are to use the knowledge you acquired for service and not for the exploitation of humanity.”
Conducting oath on the graduands, the acting registrar Tosan Erhabor, cautioned the students to practice what they have been train to do and licences to practice. He charge to them to be professionals.
“You will be held accountable for every decision you take at the practice of your profession.”
On his part, Head of Department (HOD) of the medical laboratory science James Damen, said the graduands have been found worthy in character and learning, therefore graduated.
Mr. Damen expressed disappointment that non of the over five hundred graduands of the department have been employed by the university, and he requested that best graduating students be retained.
“The department has produced five hundred Medical Laboratory Scientists, but non have been employed by the university.”
In an interview, one of the graduand, Aaikyor Hembadoon, said was excited to have completed her studies, but worried that most of her mate could not graduate.
It was learnt that the 135 Medical Laboratory Scientists who were inducted, has spent six years in the university instead of the usual five year, due to incessant industrial actions from training hospitals.