The National Universities Commission (NUC) has formally recognized the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, Ondo ,as the 139th University in the country.
Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has received a letter to the effect from the NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie.
While presenting Governor Mimiko with the letter in Abuja on Tuesday, Professor Okojie said the university is being recognized as the 40th State owned university and 139th University in Nigeria.
“I write, on behalf of the Board, Management and staff of the National Universities Commission (NUC), to convey to His Excellency, that with effect from 22nd April, 2015, the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, has been recognized as the 40th State University and the 139th University in Nigeria,” Okojie in the letter said.
While congratulating the governor and the people of Ondo State on the establishment of the specialised university, the NUC boss advised the government on the need for the NUC to assess the resource readiness of the institution before enrollment of students.
Reacting, Governor Mimiko thanked the NUC for the recognition saying that it shows that the agency has its focus on human capacity development. He said that the Trauma Centre, part of the University, had already been accredited by the National Postgraduate College for residency training in Orthopaedic and General Surgery.
“We have put in place world class facilities that have already received acclaim and recognition from requisite professional bodies in the medical sciences. In less than two years of operation, the Trauma Centre has performed more than 2000 cutting edge surgeries and attended to more than 5000 patients. So, we are ready for the university which will not only boost medical tourism but will be almost self-funding and self sustaining,” Mimiko said.
The Ondo State University of Medical Sciences is the first of such in Nigeria and the third in the whole of Africa