From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The National Universities Commission, NUC has granted Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, accreditation to commence Bachelors’ degree programme in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), beginning from next academic session.
The vice chancellor of the university, Mustapha Ahmad Isa disclosed this in the weekend at a public lecture organized by the Faculty of Education of the university, in commemoration of 2019 World Teachers’ Day.
Isa, a professor said all materials and personnel necessary for the kick-off of the programme, including the university teaching hospital had been acquired.
According to him, when the idea of establishing the MBBS programme was muted by the university, there was a lot of ground work done to make it achievable.
“As you know, before you approach the National Universities Commission to express your desire to establish any programme, you must have had a plan and as part of the plan you needed infrastructure, persons and resources.
“So, before we met the NUC and expressed our desire to establish a MBBS programme, we made a lot of plans including getting staff from around Kano and northern Nigeria, and as you know, this university is city based, for that, we are very attractive,” he revealed
The VC also disclosed that the institution was lucky to have acquired quality staff, some of which teach at some universities around the north for the take off of the programme.
“I can tell you that the lack of staff that has been expressed recently in the social media is not really a concern for us. We have already gotten people who have expressed desire to join us. We have even already employed some staff and as you know already we have programme in the faculty of basic medical sciences and many of these staff are very qualified to teach in the college of clinical sciences,” the VC added.
He further disclosed that the state government had already approved the conversion of Abdullahi Wase Specialists Hospital located in Nassarawa Local Government area of the state to the University’s Teaching Hospital.
He noted that the idea of choosing the facility to serve as the teaching hospital was to drive home the desire to successfully run the programme in the state owned institution.