The Management of the Benson Idahosa University has said the National Universities Commission has given the institution approval to commence a medical programme.
Disclosing this in a press briefing in Benin, Edo State, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sam Guobadia, stated there was already a hospital to operate a College of Medicine in the school.
He stated that the school was doing everything possible to build a modern faculty of medicine to enable the institution produce quality graduates.
He said, “I am proud to announce that medical programmes have commenced in Benson Idahosa University following the approvals from the National Universities Commission.
“In October 2021, we received approval from NUC to run Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), as well as B.Sc. Anatomy and B.Sc. Physiology.
“In 2018 when I assumed office as the Vice-Chancellor, I set a goal of making the school a world-class institution and I am happy with our latest achievement.
The Chancellor, Archbishop Margaret Idahosa, said the approval of the programme was a dream come true. She said the founder of the school, the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa was passionate about having a medical college in the institution.
She said, “The dream that late Idahosa had several years ago had come to reality. I thank God, the management and staff of BIU for their great efforts in ensuring that the dream came to fruition.
Former Provost, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Prof. Vincent Iyawe, said, with the good relationship with NUC and the presence of experienced medical experts in the school, BIU will train and produce quality medical doctors that would compete with their peers across the world.
Prof. Iyawe who is also a member of the two-man team who made the approval possible said all the laboratories needed to take off were ready.