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Breaking News: NUC Recognises Ondo State University Of Medical Sciences by Idowu Olabode : April 22, 2015, 09:45:58 PM
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has on  Wednesday, recognised the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, as the 139th university in the country.

The development is coming as part of efforts to create more admission opportunities for qualified students seeking tertiary education in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Julius Okogie, presented a letter of recognition to the Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday.

Prof Okogie also decried the increasing friction between communities and persons striving to bring tertiary education closer to the people.

The Ondo State Governor accompanied by visitors to the new university, said the aim of establishing a University of Medical Sciences is to ensure Nigeria becomes a medical tourism destination.


Re: Breaking News: NUC Recognises Ondo State University Of Medical Sciences by Idowu Olabode : April 22, 2015, 10:17:58 PM
THE Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, has insisted that unless tuition fees are introduced by public universities in Nigeria, quality education will remain elusive.

Okojie, spoke on Wednesday, in Abuja, when he issued letter of recognition of Ondo State University of Medical Sciencesto the Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

He said there was the need for cost-sharing, stressing that Nigerians must be willing to pay in order to get quality university education

He disclosed that the cost of training a child in a university was over N500, 000 to N1 million, which is currently being borne by the government.

He said: “I still insist that if you want a good education,  pay for it. Government alone cannot bear the whole cost.

“Today, it cost about N500, 000 to N1 million to train a student in the various courses. Even if the student have to pay N60 or N100,000, let them pay,” he said.

He, however, said government was trying to revive scholarship and bursaries so as to take care of those who cannot pay.

Okojie, commended  Ondo State government for establishing the first University of Medical Sciences, with the ancillary services already in operation.He said the ondo state University of Medical Sciences had been recognised by NUC as the 40th state university and 139th university in Nigeria.

He, however, advised the governor to invite NUC to assess the resource readiness before the enrolment of students into the medical programmes.

Governor Mimiko,in his remark, expressed the commitment of  the  state to set up a world-class university and medical tourism destination.

He said: “Even before the   take off  of the university, Nigeria Postgraduate University of Surgeon, has accredited us for Postgraduate training based on the facilities we have on ground”.

“We were driven by the passion for excellence in medical services in Nigeria and we thought that we needed a specialised university dedicated entirely to training for service delivery and research.

“We also want an institution that will be a medical tourism destination where we can give first class quality service to every Nigerian and beyond.

“It is taken off already we have gotten the letter, we have a vice chancellor and we hope to take off before the end of the year,” he said.


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