From Victor Akinkuolie, Ondo
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has assured of the readiness of his administration to develop the state-owned University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo and make it one of the best in health education in the world.
Akeredolu who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Femi Agagu made the promise yesterday in Ondo city in his keynote address at the commissioning of a building donated to the university by a community leader and politician in Ondo city, Chief Isaac Folorunsho Akintade, the Saibi-Gogou of Ondo kingdom.
The Governor while commending the developmental instinct of the university, promised that his administration would continue to develop the university and ensure that the mission and vision of its founding fathers are achieved.
While commending the donor for his philanthropic gesture and as well as being part of the history of the development of the institution, Akeredolu called on other indigenes of the state to continue to contribute meaningfully to the development of the institution.
He explained that their contributions would make the institution to compete favourably with other universities around the world.
The Governor also used the occasion to congratulate the Vice-chancellor and staff of the university for promoting excellence in health education in the state.
Earlier in his address on the occasion, the Vice-chancellor of the institution, Professor Friday Okonofua, thanked the donor for the donation which he said came at the right time when the university is in need of the building.
According to the Vice-chancellor, the building named “Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences”, would be used for the Departments of Anatomical Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Hematology, Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology.
Prof. Okonofua, reiterated the determination of the University to continue to maintain excellent and thanked the Ondo State Government under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for financial supports to the institution.
He equally thanked the host community and solicited for more supports from the general public to assist the university by donating more buildings and other infrastructures to the university.
The Vice-chancellor noted that the development would enable the university to attain its mission and vision of being one of the leading universities in health sciences education in Nigeria and beyond.
In his response, the donor of the building, Chief Isaac Folorunsho Akintade, said the gesture is part of his contributions towards the development of health education in his community.
Akintade, a former Chairman of Odua Group of Companies ( OGC) thanked the management of the university as well as the Osemawe of Ondo kingdom, Oba (Dr) Victor Kiladejo for the opportunity given to him to contribute meaningfully to the development of health education in his home town.
Similarly, in their separate remarks at the occasion a Legal Luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola and the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Dr Victor Kiladejo, eulogized the donor and commended him for the gesture.
The duo urged other indigenes of the area to continue to assist the university, saying that the move would allow the vision of the founding fathers to be fulfilled.
The programme held at the campus of the institution along Laje road in Ondo city was attended by several indigenes of Ondo city as well as the Vice-chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun a member of the National Assembly representing Ondo East/West Federal Constituency, Hon. Iraola Akinlaja, Ondo Chiefs as well as politicians among others.