The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale FAS, mni has acknowledged that government alone cannot cater for the higher education system in Nigeria as it is a very expensive venture.
This, he stated at the commissioning and opening of the new University Health Services (UHS) Pharmacy Shop donated by the former of Dean of Science, retired Prof. Titi Hassan.
Prof. Adebowale maintained that the current funding system used by the government cannot fund the system effectively, hence the need for the government to adopt a more workable funding system to steer up the education system in Nigeria.
The Vice Chancellor appreciated the donor, Prof. Titi Hassan and his family for their kind gesture towards the University, noting that the Pharmacy shop which cost over #4 million will serve both the University community and its neigbouring environments in providing quality drugs and medication to eradicate the circulation of fake drugs.
In his own remark, Prof. Hassan, a retired Professor of Zoology, appreciated the University for the opportunity to give and also thanked his wife, Prof. Adesola Hassan and other family members for their support through the duration of project implementation. While reminiscing on his days back in the university of Ibadan, he further pledged to support the faculty of science where he retired as a professor with a donation.
Speaking earlier, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Aderonke Ajav thanked the donor, Prof. Titi Hassan for the donation stating that the pharmacy will serve as an additional outlet to provide National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) enrollees and other patients at the University Health Services with the opportunity to get variety of drugs especially the branded products.
Dr. Ajav explained that NHIS does not approve the sales of branded drugs in hospital pharmacies but are restricted to the dispensation of only generic drugs.
The Director, University Health Services added that the new pharmacy outlet of the UHS will also be a veritable source of income for University Health Services and by extension, the University of Ibadan at large.
Dr. Ajav therefore call on more donors to support the UHS as it still has other needs such as furnishing the newly commissioned Pharmacy shop outlet, replacement or maintenance of vehicles and other equipment as well as the development of UHS land at Ajibode among others.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. E. O. Ayoola, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Aderonke Beyeroju, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Planning), Prof. Oluyemisi Bamgbose, Deputy Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Ladun Aiki Raji, representing the Dean of Students Affair, the Director, University Advancement Center, Mr. Adebowale Adeosun, Director of Works and Maintenance, Engr. A Adetolu, Director of Physical Planning, Dr. S. O. Adeshogbon, Deputy Registrar at the VC office, Mrs. Morenike Afolabi, University Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Adejoke Akinpelu among others.