The Chancellor, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai and Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Faruk Bahago has expressed satisfaction with the level of infrastructural facilities at the institution’s Medical College.
The Chancellor made this known during an inspection visit to assess the condition and level of preparedness for the commencement academic activities.
He explained that the aim of the visit to the main campus was to check the facilities on ground, stressing that the University cannot admit students without being fully prepared.
The Emir of Minna appreciated the University Management for the structures, assuring that the Visitor, His Excellency, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello would be fully briefed.
Contributing, the Acting Chairman of Governing Council, Professor Muhammed Bashar Nuhu affirmed that a lot have been made preparatory to the take off, noting that the remaining aspects would soon be completed.
Professor Bashar Nuhu stressed that everyone has been looking forward to the commencement of lectures, noting that the Governing Council, University Management and other key stakeholders are fully ready for it.
Speaking separately, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammed Makusidi and that of Tertiary Education and Science Technology, Professor Abubakar Baba Aliyu explained that when Governor Abubakar Sani Bello came on board, he continued with the processes and systems that are very impactful to the people of Niger State, stressing that the issue of Medical College was long overdue and that as at the moment the Pre-Clinical level of the system, buildings, Infrastructure and equipment have been settled as well as the teaching hospital.
They added that the Medical College already has close to thirty medical consultants that are qualified to teach various fields of medicine, stating further that the Ministries were working round the clock to ensure full enrolment of students.
According to them, the facilities on ground were far better and more than those of other Universities in the country.
They both affirmed that although ninety percent of what is required have been done, the major challenge was getting human resources for health which is a global phenomenon.
The Commissioners appreciated the State Governor for giving their Ministries the desired attention towards improving health and educational sector of the State.
Earlier in his Welcome Speech, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu assured that efforts would be made ensure the commencement of the Medical Programme soonest.
The Vice Chancellor outlined the requirements for the temporary teaching hospital at the General Hospital, Minna to include: Renovation of wards, Construction of Consultants’ Offices, College Administrative block, rehabilitation of lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
Others, he enumerated are, construction of student hostels and upgrade and renovation of main labs-haematology, pathology, microbiology and chemical pathology respectively.
Professor Abu Kasim appreciated the Chancellor for finding time, out of his busy schedule, to visit the Medical School and the temporary Teaching Hospital.