The Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu State, Rev Father Christian Anieke, has threatened to dispose of 33 corpses abandoned in the University’s Teaching Hospital for the past 18 years.
Anieke, who made the threats on Sunday at a Thanksgiving Holy Mass in Enugu, advised members of the public to go to the former Ntasi Obi Ndi Nona Afufu, Godfrey Okoye University Teaching Hospital, Enugu and check if any of the abandoned corpses was that of their relations.
According to the Vice Chancellor, some of the corpses had been in the morgue for 18 years without anyone asking for them.
He, however, explained that an Enugu High court has granted an order for the management of the hospital to carry out a mass burial of the corpses, if they were not removed from the mortuary within the 21 days allowed.
The Vice Chancellor who described the abandonment of the corpses in the hospital as challenging, said the directive was to enable the management of the university teaching hospital to renovate the morgue and make it befitting for a teaching hospital.
He warned families of the 33 corpses in the teaching hospital’s mortuary to take them away now and give them befitting burials before the deadline the court has ordered.
He announced that Godfrey Okoye University Enugu would commence the admission of students into its school of nursing and midwifery before the end of January 2024, stressing that academic and administrative staff, facilities, including a bus donated by the Parents Forum of the university are ready for the take-off of the new courses.
The Vice-Chancellor observed that this year’s convocation had beautiful narratives as commendable achievements were recorded between the 10th and 11th convocations, including the physical presence of students of the College of Medicine who are now living and learning at the main campus of the university.
He commended the staff for their commitment to service, pointing out that Godfrey Okoye University is known for discipline and cannot disappoint the public as new tertiary institutions look on to the university for leadership and urged the staff not to relent in their duties but strive for more achievements.