Nigeria to create more access to medical science studies

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja


The Nigerian government says deliberate and conscious efforts would be made to create more access to the studies of Medical Sciences in Nigerian Universities.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Adamu Rasheed said this in Abuja while receiving a report of 8-Man committee on the conversion of Modibbo Adamawa University of Technology MAUTech, to a conventional university.

Repositioning studies
Professor Adamu who expressed concern over the state of medical education in Nigerian universities, said the government was ready to reposition studies of Medical Sciences across universities in the country to meet the increasing demand of studying medicine and other medical related programmes.

According to him, “we can reduce this temporary migration of our students rushing to all parts of the world at all cost to study medicine ,if we are to increase access to studies of medicine in Nigeria”

The  existing laws guiding the operations of the school supports the introduction of medical education as part of the Programmes that could be run by the university,” Professor Ribadu said.

Medical programme
He stated that MAUTech may commence medical programme from the next academic session.

He stressed that part of the implications of the conversion of the University was to enable other Universities of technology across the country to re-access their programs and possibly approach the commission for conversion to conventional universities.

The committee led by Professor Abdullah Ribadu said that all was set for the university to begin admission of students to Medical Sciences in the 2020/2021 Academic Session, following provisions in the existing laws that established MAUTech.

The committee observed that insurgency in the North east has affected access to university education of people from the region, hence the conversion of the university from a university of technology to a conventional university.

It stated that this would help expand access to university education in the region.

The Committee further said the need to send a new draft of establishment bill to the National Assembly as the current act of Federal university of technology would no longer be applicable.

According to the Chairman of the committee, “Our committee observed that the authorities of MAUTech Yola and FMC Yola had set up committees to bring up a proposal for the establishment of a medical program at MAUTech,Yola and the upgrading of the facilities of the FMC Yola to a teaching hospital.

”The committee in it’s recommendation, put the cost implication and facilities required for the establishment of the college of Medical sciences at MAUTech Yola, at N10,628,987.81.”

Professor Ribadu led Committee identified the need to mobilise required resources estimated at N6,804,836,440 to upgrade the facilities to a teaching hospital to provide relevant services for the training of medical personnel.

The university proposed to an initial intake of 50 students to commence admission in the 2020/2021 academic session.

The conversion of the Modibbo Adamawa University of Technology MAUTech, to a conventional university would require a change in the name of the university to Modibbo Adamawa University Yola.

“It is important to facilitate the conversion of this university as it serves neighbouring states and even neighboring country of Cameroon,” he stated.

The Senator representing Adamawa central, Aisha Dahiru Ahmad assured the committee of a repeal of the establishing laws and would be re-presented to the Senate and pursued to the letter.


Lateefah Ibrahim