The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, says it has acquired 170 hectares of land for the construction of proposed University of Medicine and School of Preliminary Studies.
Its Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu, made this known at a news conference on Wednesday in Abeokuta to mark his 100 days in office.
He said that the land worth N2.6 billion was donated by the state government, and located in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.
“We all know that Federal Medical Centres are established where there are no teaching hospitals.
“There is no way you can get a teaching hospital without having a university where theoretical aspects of medical training will be taught.
“So, in our efforts to ensure FMC, Abeokuta, is upgraded to a teaching hospital, we have acquired 170 hectares of land, courtesy of Ogun State Government, where we will build our medical university and school of preliminary studies.
“Past medical directors of the centre have tried to achieve this upgrade with the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), but the specialisation of the university could not allow it to work,” he said.
Musa-Olomu said that with acquisition of the land and the willingness of local and international agencies to support the establishment of the medical university, work will soon commence on the project.
According to him, successive heads of the hospital had made several efforts to upgrade the centre to a teaching hospital, but there was no university to be affiliated to.
The medical director listed other achievements in 100 days to include breaking new grounds in research activities and increment in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through the establishment of table-water and intravenous fluid factories.
Musa-Olomu said that others were rural health integration, training and re-training of staff, collaborative research, among others.