*Berates PDP For Misleading Public
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State of Osun, Honourable Sunday Akere, has described the decision of the government to sponsor students of the state university for clinical study abroad as saving their career.
Contrary to claim by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state that the state government cancelled the teaching hospital, Akere disclosed that there is currently no teaching hospital in place for the students to use.
In an interview with OSUN DEFENDER recently, the commissioner disclosed that the government of the State of Osun recently concluded an arrangement to send abroad 98 medical students of Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Osogbo, who were long overdue for clinical course, to complete their medical study on the bill of the state government, because of non- availability of a teaching hospital for the university.
“Contrary to the insinuation by the PDP apologists that Osun State University Teaching Hospital was cancelled, UNIOSUN had no Teaching Hospital”, he explained
“The state government had proposed to upgrade the State Hospital at Asubiaro, Osogbo to a Teaching Hospital. If way back to 2000/2001, over N1.5 billion was spent for the accreditation of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, I do not envisage government spending less than N5 billion to upgrade the State Hospital to a functional and standard teaching hospital for the clinical purpose and to get the required accreditation, personnel will no doubt pose a great challenge as well.
“It took the pioneer medical students of LAUTECH 10 years to graduate, owning to the accreditation challenges. It’s laughable and comical for our PDP apologists, to think that N850 million will put up a teaching hospital and secure accreditation. How reasonable is it to even have two state-owned teaching hospitals less than two kilometres apart?” Akere queried.
He maintained that it was unfortunate that the medical students of UNIOSUN, as a result of non- availability of a teaching hospital for the university, were stagnated for about two years and all efforts made by this administration to farm them out to tertiary institutions like Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, University of Ibadan (UI), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) for their clinical courses failed.
However, to save the situation of the medical students, Akere disclosed that the Aregbesola-led administration, after all efforts, settled for the overseas’ option, which was perhaps the most reasonable and sensible option available.
“The government decided to place all those due for clinical courses (i.e. all 300 to 500 levels UNIOSUN medical students) on scholarship to complete their medical study in prestigious and famous Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine and it was reported severally in both the electronic and print media.
“I am so sure, everyone knew that the scholarship will cost the state government N146 million not N600 million as being falsely and viciously propagated by the PDP apologists. A total of $7,000 is to be expended on each of the concerned students, which would cover tuition fees (which would cost about $3,500), return air tickets ($1,700) and other logistics, such as procurement of visa and invitation fees, accommodation, immigration services, medical investigations and insurance, as well as cost for language training and other sundry matters, while the parents of the students would only take care of their wards’ feeding, while undergoing the courses”, added the commissioner.
He berated the PDP for attempting to mislead the public on the matter, saying the governor would not spend the state’s scarce resources recklessly, as the PDP did while steering the affairs of the state.
Akere disclosed that the Karazin Kharkiv National University is one of the oldest and most famous university in the entire Central and Eastern Europe, saying it was founded in November 1804 and today, remains one of the largest research centres in Ukraine, covering virtually all spheres of modern fundamental researches and incorporates the Research Institutes of Chemistry, Biology, and Astronomy, the Institute of Physics and Engineering, and the Institute of High Technologies.
By Shina Abubakar