By Felix Khanoba
The Committee set up to review the law that established Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTech), Yola, says the institution would need N10.6 billion to put in place a College of Medical Sciences.
Chairman of the 8-man Committee, Prof. Abdullahi Ribadu, who made this known in Abuja on Tuesday while submitting its report to the National Universities Commission (NUC), said the institution’s law needs to be amended to fully accommodate medicine and other conventional programmes.
“The committee estimated the cost implication of mounting of the medical programme and requisite facilities needed for the College of Medical Sciences at a total estimate of N10.6 billion,” Ribadu said.
While saying that the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola , has the capacity to serve as the University’s Teaching Hospital, the committee’s chair, however, said facilities in the hospital need to be upgraded at a cost of N6.8 billion.
“The FMC Yola, has the requisite human and material resources to serve as a Teaching Hospital for the College of Medical Sciences of MAUTech, hence, there is need to mobilise required resources estimated at N6.8 billion to upgrade the facilities to teaching hospital to provide relevant services for the training of medical personnel,” he said.
Speaking further, Ribadu said if the committee’s recommendations are implemented, the university, which need a name change to Modibbo Adama University, Yola, should be able to commence medical sciences programme with 50 students in the 2020/2021 academic session.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the committee was set up at the instance of the Senate President to look into the possibility of widening the scope of the University’s programmes to improve access in the area of Medical Sciences.
The NUC boss, who expressed concern over the state of medical education in the country, said thousands of Nigerians travel out every year to pursue programmes in medical sciences as a result of the very limited access in the country.
While saying that other universities of technology may follow similar path to ensure that their laws are amended to accommodate other programmes, Rasheed said the committee report would be presented to the Minister of Education and the Senate President.
In a remark, the lawmakers representing Adamawa Central and Adamawa North, Senator Aisha Dahiru and Senator Ishaku Elisha Cliff, expressed delight over the development, saying the move would ensure educational opportunities in medicine to the people of the area.
“I believe the NUC Executive Secretary and the Ministry of Education will do the needful by approving the recommendation,” said Senator Dahiru, who initiated the bill for the amendment of the University’s law in the Senate.