Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Paramount Ruler and Alake of Egbaland, has projected that the establishment of the Federal University of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Abeokuta, Ogun State, would create over 10,000 new jobs for Nigerians in general.
The Egba Apex Monarch further explained that the jobs would be created from the various services that would require catering for staff and students of the proposed university.
In a Memorandum for the Establishment of the Tertiary Health Institution, addressed to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health (Secondary & Tertiary) with Ref No. ALAKE/FED.UNI.MED& SCI.ABK.012/001 dated 18th March 2021, and delivered by the Aro of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo commended the Committee for its quick attending to the Bill to the present stage of the public hearing.
In the Memorandum, the Aro of Egbaland and Oluwo-Ijemo, High Chief Oluyinka Kufile, told the Senate Committee that the Egba Apex Monarch posited that Ogun State’s incontrovertible strong showing as the Nigeria’s industrial hub for largest concentration of manufacturing companies, had been experiencing rapid influx and population growth, adding that the development called for expansion in infrastructures and specific tertiary healthcare centre to meet the expected demand for health workers for Ogun, neighbouring states and countries.
According to Oba Gbadebo, “The three important things that human beings require to function and be productive are food, shelter and good health. The most important of them all is health as it is the only thing that can guarantee wealth and other good things in life.
“The imperatives of the establishment of the university are too numerous to mention. There is no Federal Government-owned teaching hospital in the state, Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, in its present state of national and global rating, stands good stead to provide the needed relevant and qualitative practical training required by the university.
“The whole world is facing a serious health challenge, which underscores the need to train more health care workers for our dear country, in particular, and the world at large.
The Aro of Egbala, High Chief Yinka Kufile further disclosed the preparedness of the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, as the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, in conjunction his Chiefs, and alongside other social and cultural groups, would practically support the take off and operations of the varsity.
High Chief Yinla Kufile further revealed to the Committee that the Alake would in addition, influence the good people of Ogun State and Egba people, in particular, to donate buildings and other resources to the new University as soon the Bill would have been passed.
Quoting the Egba Grand Monarch, High Chief Yinka Kufile added; “The number of Ogun State and other Nigerian children in the state desiring to study medicine and health-related courses do not have any Federal Institution in Ogun State to actualise their dream.”
The leader of the three- man Alake’s delegation told the Senate Committee on Tertiary Health that His Majesty, Oba Gbadebo, passionately and sincerely pleaded that the Bill 2031 SB.26, seeking the establishment of the Federal University of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Abeokuta, as proposed by the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, be “passed to pave way for the next stage of setting up an endowment fund and other necessary steps for the immediate take-off of the university.”
Two other members of the Alake’s 3-man delegation to the Public Hearing on the Establishment of the Federal University of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Abeokuta, by the Senate Committee on Secondary and Tertiary Medical Institutions, were the Olu Tafin, Oba Moruf Adebayo and the Baasala Ake, Prince Adeoye Gbadebo.