FG to upgrade facilities at Dutse varsity medical college

THE Federal Government has assured that facilities at the College of Medical Sciences of the  Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, would be upgraded to ensure accreditation of the programme.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, said this when he received the university’s management team in his office.

He underscored the importance of accreditation of the programme, saying  it would facilitate teaching and learning.

Mustapha said that the request of the university that facilities at the state specialist hospital be upgraded to the  standard of a teaching hospital would be given due consideration.

He said: “We will do everything possible to ensure  that accreditation is granted. The way we can facilitate this is getting the Federal Government approval that they should go ahead and get that done, knowing full well that the Federal University in Dutse is one of the new universities, about eight years old.

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“They have just finished their convocation and I believe that they are doing very well. The vice-chancellor has just briefed me that the student population is about 8,000 and 8,000 in eight years is a high figure.

“We need to provide enabling environment for students and one way of ensuring this is the provision of teaching hospital, particularly for medical students.

“We must ensure that they get that at by the end of November 2019. All hands will be on deck to accomplish that as quickly as possible,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fatimah Batul Muktar, stated that the National University Commission (NUC) had given approval for the universities to embark on the programme and that the Jigawa State government had graciously released its specialist hospital to the university to be used as teaching hospital.

She called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the upgrade of facilities at the hospital since the accreditation panel was due to visit the university in November, this year.

The Federal University, Duste, was established in 2011.

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