FG takes over King David varsity of medical sciences

By Charles Onyekwere, ABAKALIKI

The federal government on Tuesday, officially took over the ownership of King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in fulfilment of a presidential promise by President Buhari in May this year.

In a ceremony held in the conference room of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja this evening, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to that effect was signed.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor of Ebonyi State said the idea of the university was borne out of the desire to save the life of the people, serve them well and stem medical tourism.

“Apart from the huge revenue we would save from our people travelling abroad, we would be bringing world-class medical services home. That way, we are saving the lives of our people and earning foreign exchange from the foreigners coming for treatment” he explained.

Umahi further explained that the beautiful university environment was beyond what a state could manage prompting the president, who commissioned it in May, to pronounce the takeover by the federal government.

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Corroborating the statements of the governor, the Honourable Minister of Health said the Federal Government had to take over the university because of its strategic importance to the overall healthcare plans of the Federal Government.

“The institution is very ready and well equipped with state of the art facilities. We have confirmed the standards and we are very excited to be taking it over. I will soon be there to physically take it over” Prof Ehanire said.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Barr. Joe Ekumankama, the permanent secretary of the ministry and several directors of the ministry.

On the side of Ebonyi state were some honourable commissioners and top government officials.

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