The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin
(UNILORIN) » , Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, » says
the university will continue to shop around the
world for the best ideas in medical education.
Ambali stated this on Monday in Ilorin while
receiving members of the Medical Education
Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN) in his
He said that the management had mounted a
concerted effort to make UNILORIN a bit of the
U.S., a bit of the UK and elsewhere.
“ We look at those bits and pieces that make them
better, and we domesticate these in such a way
that improves learning in the institution ,” he said.
According to him, this is with a realisation that
not every Nigerian can afford to send their
children overseas to pursue medical education.
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The VC pointed out that the Clinical Skills
Laboratory at the University’s College of Health
Sciences “is one of the best in the world”
judging by such facilities available in some of the
most advanced countries that he had visited.
He said that it had become a sort of Mecca to
medical schools from across the country.
Ambali pledged the readiness of the university
“ to share our experience and endowments with our
peers”, stressing that “it is only the knowledge that
is shared that is real knowledge .”
On the issue of skill in writing for grants, the VC
told members of MEPIN that the research
manager in conjunction with an expert from
abroad were already training researchers in the
He said that the training was already yielding
results with an increase in the number of grants
coming to researchers in the university.
Ambali also disclosed that the university’s
animal laboratory had just been completed and
would soon be equipped to commence operation.
“ The university has recorded an increase in the
number of foreign and local grants coming to its
researchers, ” he said.
Ambali said that to guarantee constant power
supply for teaching and research, the university
invested in a 33KVA dedicated power line »
that “now guarantees 21 to 22 hours power
He explained that the university had invested
heavily in various plantations such as teak, oil
palm, dates and jatropha, in a bid to supplement
its resources without burdening the students with
“ We are investing so that we do not transfer the
burden to our students,’’ he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the MEPIN team leader, Dr
Wadzani Gashau from the University of
Maiduguri, said that the team was at the
university on a study-tour of its Clinical Skills
Laboratory, adding that “is comparable to the
best anywhere in the world”.
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“ When we came and saw the facility, it was quite
gratifying, we are indeed impressed with the set
up, the serenity of the environment and the
“You have a jewel here that could be explored in
terms of medical tourism, ” he said.
He said that “the potential of the university is
great, judging by its holistic approach to
education’’, noting that “the university has the
best Information Communication Technology
(ICT) infrastructure in the country.’’
“ The MEPIN provides an opportunity to address
many of the challenges facing the Nigerian
educational institutions today with the overall goal
of improving and strengthening the medical
education system in the country.
“MEPIN is a consortium of six universities from the
six geo-political zones in the country and its
purpose is to enhance medical knowledge and
skills in Nigeria, ’’ he said.
The MEPIN member-institutions are the
University of Jos, University of Maiduguri,
University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University
(ABU), Zaria, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and
the University of Lagos.
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