The authorities of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan have commended the former Chief of Army Staff, General T.Y Danjuma (rtrd) for donating a whooping sum of 1.3 million US Dollars for the construction of a 664 student capacity hostel on an 8,000 square meter of land secured within the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.
The Provost of the College, Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun, made this known over the weekend during a press briefing that was held at the board room of the College.
Prof. Omigbodun also assured Nigerians and intending students of the provision of enough and adequate hostel accommodation for all its clinical and medical students from the next academic session.
The Professor of Psychiatric and first female Provost of the college said the institution is aware of several challenges faced by its medical students, who live outside the campus from times past including burglary, defraud and harassment, noting that they had eventuated its fund soliciting from well-meaning Nigerians and UI’s Alumni Association to come to its fund’s aid for the hostel expansion.
Professor Omigbodun recalled that on her assumption as provost on August 1, 2020, the college has been confronted with several challenges, including the mandate to fulfil all prerequisites for course accreditation and the availability of hostel accommodation to all its students.
Omigbodun in her speech said, “A sum of 1.3 million US dollars was recently donated by a former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. T.Y Danjuma (rtrd) for the construction of a-664 student capacity hostel on an 8, 000 square metre of land secured within the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.”
“A heartfelt goodwill message from the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Professor Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, who was represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Abiodun Adeoye, emphasised the significance of General Danjuma’s donation.”
“He expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts that culminated in the successful realisation of this monumental project and thanked the donor for a previous donation of 350 million Naira to the University of Ibadan in honour of Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe to establish a Nephrology Centre and provide Nephrology fellowships for researchers.”
“On behalf of the entire CoMUI Community, students, staff, and alumni, we express our profound gratitude to General T.Y. Danjuma and Senator Daisy Ehanire Danjuma for this landmark support and a living legacy,” she said.
In her remark, a former Deputy Vice-chancellor of academics at, University of Ibadan, Professor Gbemi Oke, maintained that it is necessary for all well meaning Nigerians to assist government at all levels towards strengthening the nation’s education sector, as D.Y Danjuma Foundation has set an historic landmark in the nation’s education fund aid.