…as FG begins the establishment process




The Osun  State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola says the State  is fully ready for the smooth take-off of the recently approved Federal  University of  Health and Medical  Sciences, Ila –Orangun in the Ila Local Government Area of the State.



He disclosed that as part of the efforts to ensure that academic activities commence at the institution  in September,2022, the State government  had since  approved  for use , part of the facilities at the College of Education in Ila as temporary  site of the specialized University.





Oyetola revealed that the government  had also approved land  for citing  of the Univesity’s   permanent site, adding that the survey  of the land would  be soon completed.




He made this known on Wednesday , when he received in his office , the technical team  from the Federal Ministry of  Education  who are  in Osun  to kick-start  process for the establishment  of the University.





The team  informed the Governor  of the Federal Government’s  determination  to ensure  the institution takes  off by September.




Responding , Oyetola said the State government was  prepared to support  FG’s efforts to actualize  the dream of establishing  the specialised University which he said , would enhance healthcare delivery  in the State  and also  complement  his administration’s  efforts to  revitalise  the  health sector.


He therefore commended President Muhammadu Buhari  for considering  Osun worthy  of having  the institution.





‘’We shall do  all within  our power to ensure  that the Federal Government  achieve  its vision  for establishing  the University.





‘’Ila Orangun , the host community , is one of the most  ancient towns  in Yorubaland.



Agitation  for  a University  for the community  has been  on for  about 45 years. Therefore, the President, Buhari-led administration  has recorded  a great  history  by this singular gesture.







‘’Apart from  the economic  gains to Ila in particular  and the State  in general, Osun , through  the University is now a base  for developing  health specialists,which  is an opportunity  for youths  to become professionals in this area.





‘’As a government, to demonstrate our commitment  to  this laudable  project,we have given approval  for the land and the Survey  process will soon  be completed.



‘’To ensure the institution takes off this September,we have also  approved  for use  part of  the College of Education in Ila, as a temporary site.And to the best of my knowledge, no request  from the institution has been turned down by us.



‘’As you are all aware, Osun is noted for award –winning endeavours and excellence  in numerous  sectors, including  the health sector, I  assure you  the Federal University  of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun , is in  safe hands  and will naturally flow  into excellence  for  which  it is founded  upon’’, the governor  said.





Earlier, the leader of the Technical Team, who doubled as the Director , University Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, Mrs Rakiya Ilyasu, said  the essence of  the visit  to Osun  was to  evaluate  the level  of preparation  towards  the successful  take-off  of the University.



Mrs IIyasu described the decision of the FG to establish  the new universities  as a noble  intent to  reduce medical  tourism  and lay a solid foundation  for building  national preparedness  and resilience  in anticipation of future  challenges  in the health  sector.




He added  that  the successful   implementation   of the project  would  go a long way  to address the menace.




She said,’’Sometimes  in June last year, President Muhammadu Buhari  approved  the establishment  of four  new specialized  Universities in Akwa  Aibom , Jigawa, Bauchi  and Osun States respectively.



‘’The approval  of the new  tertiary institutions were aimed  at improving  the health system  because  , if we  don’t have  the training ground here, we will  still be lagging behind .





The shortfall noticed in medical  care is huge. When Ebola  came, we were  handicapped  because we didn’t  know how to handle  it , so  also  when the pandemic came , we were challenged  and for this  reason , we need to train  our personnel , we need  to build experts that will  deal with  these health matters.




Also , to reduce  medical tourism , you will agree with me   that we spend  a lot  of money  on medical tourism.




‘’If we  are able to get this right, it will reduce  our currency that has been flown  outside. So, we are here today to visit  the site and take it over.





This has been done  for the other three universities and  the essence is  to see the site and to know  the amount  of land available   because  the university is not  to build  it today  but  but  it is an ongoing .



We need  to know whether  we are  going to  have a permanent site or temporary.





‘’Lest I forget, Imust remind us that Mr President had approved N5billion  as take-off grant for the establishment  of the universities which   wil  be sourced  from Tetfund.




But , we  need to partner the State  to complement this  effort   of the Federal Government , so as to kindly  provide for the immediate take-off of the University.’’







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