We’ll support impactful projects, says Akeredolu
In a bid to advance development, governance must be a continuum, as long as the inherited policies, programmes and projects of past governments are geared towards meeting the desires and aspirations of the people.
Addressing an Accreditation Team from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, to the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo; the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said no society had developed through project abandonment and as such all projects inherited by his administration would be driven to serve the people so that the state would have values for the funds expended on such projects.
While expressing optimism that UNIMED would scale through the current accreditation process being undertaken by Dr Ibrahim Abdu-Aguye and his team, Governor Akeredolu assured that the harmonisation of the various components at UNIMED would be accomplished to make the university a formidable entity.
“It is a done deal. It will happen in our time before the end of this year because we will give it all the support it needs”, he assured.
Arakunrin Akeredolu said though the state was passing through hard times, he nevertheless, promised to continue to support UNIMED and assist it at getting beneficial facilitations and collaborations from donors organizations.
“Whatever we do, we will try and see how it will come to fruition. We are duty bound to continue to give support to UNIMED.
“Although we have constraints, we will squeeze ourselves to make sure it survives,” the governor asserted.
Earlier the leader of the accreditation team, Dr. Ibrahim Abdu-Aguye, had described UNIMED as a unique university with the capacity to advance health care delivery in Nigeria.
“We usually go to accredit colleges within universities, but in this case, we are accrediting the university itself.
“We know of some medical schools that took about 10-15 years to get accredited but here we have a university of just 3 years old that has so much to its credit”, he said.
The team leader pointed out that the accreditation of the university is in stages and that the current one is the first stage that will enable students get through from the pre-clinical to the clinical stage of their programme.
“We have seen the medical compound and other facilities. We want to thank you for the enormous support you have given to this university. We are quite satisfied with what we have seen” the team leader declared.
In his remarks the Vice Chancellor of UNIMED, Prof. Friday Okonofua appreciated the State Government for its commitment towards the growth of the institution.
Dignitaries present include the Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi; Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde; the Head of Service, Mr Toyin Akinkuotu; the Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr. Taye Oni; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Mrs Taiwo Kolawole; the Accreditation Team and Management staff of the institution.