Former president,Olusegun Obasanjo has urged health workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, to maintain the N500m medical equipment facilitated by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board through an American grant agency.
During the inauguration of the equipment, Obasanjo, represented by his wife, Bola Obasanjo, said health workers should maintain the equipment, adding that they should support the Medical Director of the FMC, Prof. Musa-Olomu.
He said, “Quick action is very important. Maintenance is very important for all this expensive equipment. Handle them with care. Let’s maintain them as if they are your personal property.”
In his earlier remark, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said the equipment was part of donations made to 12 institutions across the country. He said, “the intervention of the board in the area of healthcare delivery is to support the government’s effort at closing the huge medical infrastructural gap.”
He stressed that JAMB would continue to make efforts to deploy efficient strategies to “free up” resources to uplift healthcare and educational institutions in the country through the JAMB National Tertiary Admissions’ Performance-Merit Award.
While referencing the 2020 edition of the award which was held on Thursday, July 21, he said “N500m were given to winning institutions” and that “the Board has supported tertiary institutions-infrastructure with over N1 billion Naira in the last three editions.” He promised to make the next edition more rewarding to the stakeholders.
The JAMB registrar also commended the Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, and the government, for increasing the grant for the project. “In this vein, we must thank the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and the government for the approval to increase the grant to N750 million with effect from 2023,” he said.
In his welcome address, Musa-Olomu said the donation was timely. He lamented that the centre continues to struggle with a myriad of infrastructural challenges yet it has continued to devise means to serve various communities and senatorial districts in the state.
“However, with underfunding, which is mostly the challenge with health centres in Nigeria, we know the importance of alternative funding in enhancing service delivery tertiary institutions in the country,” he added.