By; MKPUMA ENYINNA, Abakaliki
The Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday, formally took over the ownership of King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ebonyi State in pursuant to a presidential promise by President Buhari’s visit in May this year.
In a ceremony held in the conference room of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja on Tuesday, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to that effect was signed.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State said the idea of the university was borne out of the desire to save the life of the people, serve them well and stem medical tourism.
“Apart from the huge revenue we would save from our people traveling abroad, we would be bringing world class medical services home. That way, we are saving the lives of our people and earning foreign exchange from the foreigners coming for treatment” he explained.
Gov Umahi further explained that the beautiful university environment was beyond what a state could manage prompting the president, who commissioned it in May, to pronounce the takeover by the federal government.
Corroborating the statements of the governor, the Honourable Minister of Health said the Federal Government had to take over the university because of its strategic importance to the overall healthcare plans of the Federal Government.
“The institution is very ready and well equipped with state of the art facilities. We have confirmed the standards and we are very excited to be taking it over. I will soon be there to physically take it over” Prof Ehanire said.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Barr. Joe Ekumankama, the permanent secretary of the ministry and several directors of the ministry.
On the side of Ebonyi State were some executive council members including the honourable commissioner for Trade and Investment, Barr.Mrs.Chioma Omoke Nweze and other top government officials.