We’re building a legacy that’ll make doctors stay in Nigeria – Makinde

…inaugurates Special Task Force for accreditation of medical programmes in LAUTECH

Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, said that his administration is building a legacy that will end brain drain in the medical profession and make doctors stay in Nigeria.

He explained that his administration has also been laying a legacy that will encourage doctors, who have left the country, to return and practise in Nigeria in the foreseeable future.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor stated this while inaugurating a Special Task Force for the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

Governor Makinde said that the Task Force is for the accreditation of the medical programme in LAUTECH, adding that the duty of the Task Force members are to ensure that all conditions set to enable the accreditation of the programme, as stipulated by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, are met.

He charged the committee to perform the assignment with excellence, even as he expressed confidence in the abilities of its members.

He said: “We are here today to inaugurate the Special Task Force for Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital. Basically, this Task Force is for the accreditation of our medical programme in LAUTECH.

“As the name implies, their job is special as they are to ensure that all conditions set to enable the accreditation of our programme as stipulated by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria are met.

“They were here, and I met with them. I gave my word that we will quickly do the needful. If I may give the historical perspective on why this Task Force is needed, back in November 2020 when we took over the sole ownership of LAUTECH, we could not, of course, carry out all the physical infrastructure from Osun State to Oyo State. So, I had to negotiate for the sole ownership and I said, look, if Osun State wants to have the University, they can have it but it should be Osun State University of Technology, Ogbomoso and we will see how that will work.

“One of the structures we were not able to carry along is the College of Medicine, which used to be in Osun State. So, we then had to invite the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to let us know what we needed to do to get accredited.

“They gave us interim registration and said ‘we trust you, and if you say something, you will follow through’. They gave us the list of things we are supposed to do so that we can continue to run our medicine programme at LAUTECH. So, this Task Force is to ensure these requirements are implemented.

“Also, there may be other things which the MDCN are not paying attention to that will make those programmes run effectively and the product from LAUTECH to be one of the best in the country.

“Looking at the list of members of this Task Force, the calibre of people in there, I am sure they are up to the task. The chairman, Professor Arotiba, spent several years at the Univerisity of Ibadan. All other members are also similar in their outlook, qualification and experience.

So, we are assured that you will deliver this assignment in the shortest possible time.
“I will ask that you perform this assignment with the same degree of excellence and devotion that you have come to be known for and diligently deliver on the mandate we are giving to you this morning.”

The governor equally expressed worry with how the ‘japa syndrome’s has been hitting the health sector harder, noting that with the legacies his administration has been trying to build, he hoped doctors will soon be able to retain their services in Nigeria.

“The issue of medical doctors in Nigeria is a special one. I am sure we can never have enough doctors in Nigeria. The target of japa syndrome has always been doctors, nurses and medical personnel.

“In fact, I doubt if we can replace doctors at the speed at which they leave this country but we cannot just throw our hats in the ring.

“So, this is our own contribution to the building of the education sector and our dear country. We pray that the legacy we are trying to build, in no distant future, doctors will be returning to Nigeria to practise rather than leaving.”

The members of the Special Task Force include; Professor Juwon T. Arotiba (chairman); Dr. Adefemi Afolabi; Prof. Olawale Olakulehin; a representative of the LAUTECH Governing Council LAUTECH; Professor Adewale Adeyemi; Mrs. C.A. Abioye, representating the Ministry of Education; Dr. Olusoji Adeyanju, representating the Ministry of Health.

Others were Mr. Olufisayo Ogunjinmi, a representative of the Ministry of Public Works and the Registrar & Secretary to the LAUTECH Governing Council, Dr. Kayode Ogunleye.

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