There is light at the end of the Tunnel for the first set of Ekiti State University College of Medicine to graduate its first set of medical doctors after a long wait.
This assurance was sequel to the visit of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), led by the Registrar, Dr. T. A. B. Sanusi to Ekiti State University’s College of Medicine for the final accreditation of the MBBS programme.
According to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olubunmi B. Ajayi who received the MDCN delegation in her office, EKSU College of Medicine has a long history of delay owing to inconsistent Government policy which had hampered the steady growth of the College of Medicine since its establishment by the First Executive Governor, His Excellency, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor, however, commended the effort of the incumbent governor, His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who had made substantial investment and encouragement to enable the College of Medicine meets its final accreditation requirement of the MDCN.
Prof. (Mrs.) Ajayi emphasized that Ekiti State Government and the University have put in place all necessary measures to ensure that the EKSU College of Medicine received the final accreditation of the Medical and Dental Council which will pave way for the first set of the College of Medicine who has spent 10 years on campus to graduate later on the year 2019.
The Provost, College of Medicine, Professor Kehinde Oluwadiya said he inherited an impressively run College of Medicine from his predecessors adding that his wish is to finish the arduous process of MDCN accreditation and see Ekiti State University produced her first set of medical doctors in 2019.
Professor Oluwadiya assured the delegation of the preparedness of the College to meet the reasonable minimum standard for accreditation as demanded by the Medical and Dental Council.
The Medical and Dental Council team led by Dr. T. A. B. Sanusi had which fourteen eminent professors of Medicine drawn from Top ranked Nigerian Universities which included Obafemi Awolowo University, ABU, Zaria, University of Lagos, and others.
The Registrar and Secretary to Council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr. T. A. B. Sanusi expressed his empathy over the undue delay in the academic progress of the medical students which was due to several debilitating factors.
Dr. Sanusi said the MDCN did not intend to punish any institution, but to ensure the accreditation of Colleges of Medicine that would produce Nigeria’s best future medical doctors.
According to him, the minimum best standard must be met to ensure quality over quantity adding that the Health Care of Nigerians depends in these medical students.
The MDCN Registrar explained further that the final accreditation is a holistic review of previous accreditation passed and the award of the final accreditation to enable the current final year medical students complete their MBBS programme.
The MDCN team thereafter met with Governor Kayode Fayemi in his office.
The Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi assured the team of the State Government’s commitment to achieve the goals of final accreditation of the EKSU College of Medicine.
Dr. Fayemi said it is a thing of worry that the current final year medical students has overstayed on campus unduly and called for the support of stakeholders to actualize the dreams of Ekiti people.

Bode Olofinmuagun
Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs