The construction of the proposed university of medicine and preliminary studies project in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, is to begin within the next few months.
The university project, being undertaken by the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, is to be sited at Ajebo axis of the city.
The hospital’s medical director, Professor Adewale Musa-Olomu, made this known, while receiving the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), Professor Felix Kolawole Salako in his office.
Musa-Olomu said several foreign partners, including those from Turkey and the UK have expressed their readiness to participate in the project.
The medical director also assured that equipment needed for the upgrading of the hospital’s radiological services and laboratories, to carry out all forms of test, will be installed in the next two weeks.
The medical centre, according to him, will always need the support of FUNAAB on the establishment of the proposed university, despite fruitless efforts in the past to upgrade the centre into a teaching hospital of FUNAAB.
FUNAAB vice-chancellor, while promising the institution support for the proposed university of medicine, said that FUNAAB has nothing against its establishment.
“We have nothing against establishment of the university. Education should be accessible to all. It will create job opportunity for the young ones.
“If a medical university is established definitely, it will be of good benefit to people around there and all over Nigeria,” he said.
FUNAAB, according to him, will also need the assistance of the hospital in its proposed diabetic centre, which is a combination of herbal and orthodox medicine, in treating diabetic cases.