By Tosin Omojola ( newspot reporter)
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has hailed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), for its innovativeness and support to critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Chief Obasanjo gave this applaud during the formal presentation of state-of-the-art medical equipment by the Board to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Represented by his wife, Mrs Bola Obasanjo, the former Nigerian number one citizen, called onll benefiaries of JAMB gesture, to ensure that the items and equipments, just as he called on other Nigerians in privileged positions to emulate the culture of supporting government establishment for accelarated national development.
Similarly, the management of the FMC, applaided JAMB for facilitating the donation of the medical equipment, courtesy of Project C.U.R.E (USA), to the facility.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Adewale Musa Olomu, while speaking at the event, said the equipment donated to the medical cnetre, would go a long way in assisting the hospital in delivering on its core mandate, which is providing quality healthcare services to the citizenry.
In addition, the visibly elated FMC, Abeokuta DMD, said the equipment would also tremendously, simplfy the task of healthcare givers in maintaining the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the people.
In his words, Professor Olomu said; “The equipment would also help during this moment of economic challenges as fees charged by the centre would be minimal or free in many instances on account of as the quantum medical equipment received.”
The representatives of the Governing Board and Chairman of FMC, Abeokuta, Dr Benedict Godson, the Provost and Chief Medical Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Abeokuta, Dr Paul Agbbola, the Provost Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr Olusegun Owoeye, and other dignitaries present on the occasion, expressed their delight at the quality and quantity of equipment donated by Project C.U.R.E, a gesture which they said, had rekindled hope for a sustainable healthcare delivery system in the country.
JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, while speaking, said that FMC, Abeokuta, was one of the twelve carefully selected health facilities spread across the Six geopolitical zones of the country that benefitted from the largesse, adding that the Board’s initiative was aimed at supporting government’s efforts towards closing the huge medical infrastructural gap.
“In order to uplift the quality of healthcare facilities and educarional institutions in the country, the Board would continue to prune down its expenses through prudent management of human and material resources, the adoption of relevant cost-saving technology, and other efficient strategies to free up resources and offer much needed support to critical sectors of the economy, such as the tertiary health facilities and educational institutions through initiatives such as the donation of medical equipments, and its flagship programme, the NATAP-M Awards through which has supported tertiary institutions with over a billion naira in its last three editions.
“The 2021 NATAP-M Awards was held last month on Thursday, 21st July 2022, where the sum of #500million was awarded to the winning institutions,” he said.
The JAMB boss, who commended the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and the Federal Government for the approval to increase the grant to #750million, with effect from 2023, further stated that the next edition of the Awards would witness bigger bouquet of prizes to winning institutions