By Ayodele Oni, Akure
Management of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti has clarified that the accreditation granted its College of medicine remains valid and authentic.
The social media has been agog of recent that the institution may forfeit its accreditation due to recent mass sack of workers of the college.
At the eve of the new year, not less than 200 workers of the health institution were relieved of their appointment due to what management described as irregular appointment.
However in a statement by the spokesman of the institution, Mr Bode Olofinmuwagu described the disaccreditation report as misleading and rumour.
In a statement, the spokesman explained that “those who engineered the publication are bereft of ideas on the workings of a College of Medicine and are only out to misinform and mislead the general public.
“It is on record the various roles played by the Governing Council and the University Management with the assistance of Ekiti State Government under Dr Kayode Fayemi before the University got the present accreditation of the medical programme of the College which culminated in the induction of the pioneer medical students of the College into the medical profession.
“This was a great relief for the students that had been stagnated for about 10 years. For instance, the State Government donated a coaster bus and as well released a huge sum of money to get the College into its present state.
“The University Management wishes to assure the general public that the accreditation of the College of Medicine which has been granted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is valid and has come to stay. It is not in any way under threat or facing any form of uncertainty.
“At present, our 43 products from the College are undergoing their housemanship at various tertiary health institutions in Nigeria where we receive positive reports about them almost on daily basis.
“The university management under the leadership of Professor Edward Olanipekun will leave no stone unturned to guard jealously the accreditation of the College and will also do everything possible to ensure the success of the next level of the accreditation exercise whenever the team visits the University,”
According to him, the recent disengagement of some staff from the services of the university will not in any way affect the accreditation status of the MBBS programme.
“The University is fully ready to receive the MDCN accreditation team that is billed to visit the University any moment from now. All hands are on deck to ensure that the present accreditation status of the University is sustained. The new administration in the University is also working assiduously to ensure that the present admission quota of the University is at least doubled, he added.