One of my priorities, when I took office, was to restore the accreditation of our College of Medicine and Health Sciences ABSU, which was revoked due to inadequate facilities and staff welfare. I witnessed the suffering of our students, lecturers, and patients, and I promised to… pic.twitter.com/5vHPThrVLD
— Alex Otti (@alexottiofr) December 15, 2023
One of my priorities, when I took office, was to restore the accreditation of our College of Medicine and Health Sciences ABSU (Abia State University), which was revoked due to inadequate facilities and staff welfare. I witnessed the suffering of our students, lecturers, and patients, and I promised to never let it happen again. We invested massively in the renovation and upgrade of the infrastructure, equipment, and personnel of ABSUTH.
I am glad to announce that the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Abia State University, Uturu has successfully regained full accreditation from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) after a period of suspension lasting almost three years. This is a remarkable achievement for our state and it affirms our commitment to deliver quality healthcare and education to our people.
With this accreditation, our medical students can now resume their training at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) Aba, with a higher admission quota and a valid accreditation to train house officers. I appreciate the MDCN team led by the Deputy Registrar, Dr. Nnaemeka Nwakanma, for their rigorous inspection and favourable verdict. I also commend the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo, the Vice Chancellor ABSU, Professor Maxwell Ogbulu, the pioneer Provost, College of Medicine and Health Sciences ABSU, Professor Akpuaka; the Acting Chief Medical Director ABSUTH, Professor John Chikezie and the entire Abia State University Accreditation Committee for their diligent work and dedication.
We have also allocated 20% and 15% of our 2024 annual budget to education and health, respectively, to demonstrate our resolve to promote the well-being and security of our people. We believe that these are not favours, but obligations that we owe to our citizens. We will continue to do our best to provide quality service and governance to our state.
I congratulate our medical students, lecturers, and staff on this milestone, and I encourage them to make the best use of this opportunity to excel in their studies and careers.