NPMCN to assume varsity status, benefit from TETFund, says NUC
– As Borodo assumes duty as new college president
At last, the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), Ijanikin, Lagos, will be a beneficiary of the much-solicited Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), courtesy of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
For several years, the college’s appeal to be a beneficiary of the fund has always ended in futility. But not anymore, as the NUC, during the investiture of Dr. Musa Muhammed Borodo, as the 21st president of the college, promised to bring that desire to fruition.
The executive secretary of the commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, while speaking at the ceremony said the agency will not only deepen its collaboration with the college but will also use its constituted authority to elevate it to university status.
Prof Rasheed, shortly after congratulating the new president, said, “The NUC as the sole agency empowered by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to regulate university education in the country, will continue to deepen our collaboration with the NPMCN in the orderly production of medical and dental specialists of the highest quality. To this end, the NUC will soon forward a memo to the Federal Executive Council, through the minister of education, requesting the government’s recognition… special recognition of the NPMCN as the apex medical university in Nigeria, without changing the name, the mandate, the law or anything.
“It is just to be given additional status, apart from being the medical postgraduate college it should also be seen as a postgraduate medical university or an apex medical university. Now, this recognition when granted will allow the college to award its own degree itself, the MSC, the MD, which we have already resource verified and the PhD degree in any field, in addition to its regular mandate of training fellowships and any other postgraduate training mandated by the law.
He continued: “Again, this recognition, will allow the college to be a beneficiary of TETFund intervention, from this year. Lastly, I’m happy to announce that on the recommendation of NUC, TETFund has accepted to establish a state-of-art simulation laboratory in six carefully selected medical schools in each geopolitical zone. This is just phasing one; the intention is that every year, TETFund will set aside funding to establish and equip one simulation lab in the universities. Hopefully in the next few years, all the universities offering medical sciences in this country will benefit from this.”
Borodo, in his presentation, assured that his administration would do everything within its power to advance the college to greater heights.
Some areas of concern for definite action include the development of simulation laboratories to augment the clinical experience of trainee residents; emergency lifesaving skills acquisition programme; international linkages programme and regional cooperation of postgraduate medical colleges.
Others are the development of national health research priorities; introduction of MD programme for clinicians; college’s capital works and NAPOSTMED ventures.
He also announced that he would introduce the president’s award for supervision and examination of research work. The new innovation, Borodo said, will encourage teachers in the area of supervision and examination of theses.