Latest report reaching has it that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has given its approval of the Ondo State University Medical Sciences, Ondo, as the 139th university in the country.

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on Tuesday, received a letter conveying the approval from the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, in Abuja, according to a statement by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, on Wednesday.

Okojie said the university could begin the admission of students.

“I write, on behalf of the Board, Management and staff of the National Universities Commission, to convey to His Excellency, that with effect from April 22, 2015, the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences has been recognised as the 40th State University and the 139th University in Nigeria,” Okojie reportedly said in the letter.

While congratulating the governor and the people of Ondo State on the establishment of the specialised university, the NUC boss advised the government on the need for the NUC to assess the readiness of the institution before the enrolment of students.

Mimiko commended the NUC for the recognition, saying that it showed that the agency was truly committed to human capacity development.

The governor said that the Trauma Centre of the university had been accredited by the National Postgraduate College for residency training in orthopaedic and general surgery.

“We have put in place world-class facilities that have already received recognition from requisite professional bodies in the medical sciences,” he said.

The specialised medical science university is the first of such in Nigeria and the third to be established in Africa.

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