Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said the state government will retain graduates of Ekiti State University College of Medicine willing to work in the state-owned health facilities.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi made the promise in Ado Ekiti while hosting members of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria who were in the state to inspect facilities at the college as part of the process for its final accreditation.
The governor said it was wrong for any government to have delayed accreditation for so long while putting the career of the students in jeopardy, adding that many universities that did not have the number of professionals as EKSU were turning our their students regularly.
Fayemi assured the council that his administration would ensure further improvement on the facilities at the college to allow it graduate more than the approved 50 students.
He said, “Of course, we want them to be more than 50 to be graduated and we would want to even retain them in Ekiti. We still do not have enough and if we must really successfully undertake our universal basic health programme, then we need to tap more of our medical officers in the place.
“If they stay within the state, they will add more value because they understand the state, they know the challenges our people have and they will do a lot better job in the state,” the governor said.
Earlier, the Registrar, Dr Tajudeen Sanusi, who led the 14-member council, appreciated the state government’s efforts towards ensuring final accreditation of the college, stressing the importance of adhering to and maintaining minimal standard for setting up a medical school.
Medical World Nigeria