Despite the dissolution of the ranks of ASUU, efforts are still underway to resolve the crisis in the education sector.
Two unions were also set up by the federal government where it would have registered two separate unions, the National Association of Medical and Dental Scholars and the Congress of Nigerian Academic Scholars.
Speaking on this recent development on TVC Midday News, National Welfare Officer, Consultant, Chemical Pathologist and Metabolic Physician Dr. Abdul Rahman Shehu said the federal government’s decision to recognize the other two separate unions in addition to ASUU was a beautiful development as far as medicine is concerned. education in Nigeria is concerned and long overdue.
Dr Shehu said he was grateful to the federal government for the decision which he said was long overdue.
According to him, medical education, like most other disciplines in the education sector, has both undergraduate and postgraduate components and especially the undergraduate training component.
“It is a known fact, though little known to the public, that the medical school calendar is very different from the rest of the university community.
“While the rest of the university community operates a semester-based training system, undergraduate medical training does not work. It is a 12 year calendar system.
“Once you get into medical school, keep going through assignments all the way through. This is a very distinct feature that needed to be sifted through and properly addressed for the benefit of the training and production of doctors and even medical specialists for the benefit of the health of Nigeria.
The chemistry and pathology consultant and metabolic physician added that the recent decision by the federal government will advance the careers of medical teachers, as they now have a voice to speak about the particularities that affect their service and the cultural training of medical students who are potential doctors. .
He said it was a welcome development and the members were very happy about it.
Dr. Shehu also added that some of his members across the country have started working at the Maiduguri University Teaching Hospital and they recently conducted the exam for medical students.
“It is not a question of assuming the duty, but of continuing the duty.
“Some other medical schools are currently closed, but we believe the environment will be created for our members to fully engage.
He emphasized that the association was based on merit rather than as an adversarial association.
Dr Shehu added that the Association has been seeking registration since 2017 when the first official attempt was made.
Many of the idiosyncrasies that have affected us as speakers over the years have really not been factored into negotiations when ASUU represents our members interfacing with the University or the Federal Government, so we have always had to come and fight from behind to make sense as we understand those particularities and then hope that the negotiations can be modified to accommodate those particularities.
“We are not opposed to a real struggle for the welfare of members.
“Every union should and must fight for the well-being of its members, but what concerns us is the ongoing disruption of medical education and its effect of attendance on the delivery of health care to the public.
“This is one of the factors that influenced the decision to pursue this path; unfortunately, and thank God, we are here today, with a registered union to further this cause,” said Dr Shehu.