Danjuma donates $1.36m to University of Ibadan College of Medicine
A former defence minister, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma, has donated $1,363,108.43 to the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI) to build a hostel.
The donation, made through the T.Y. Danjuma Foundation, was in response to a request by the College.
The sum, which will be used to build the Block D of the hostel, is said to be the largest donation so far by an individual towards the project.
The Provost, Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun, announced the donation during a briefing by the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association (ICOMAA) shortly after the turning of sod of the hostel facility.
The donor was represented by his wife, Senator Daisy who was accompanied by her sisters, Mrs. Vicky Falope, a former permanent secretary in the Oyo State Government, and Dr. Edugie Abigail Abebe, a former federal Permanent Secretary.
The provost, flanked by Co-Chair of the Project Building Committee, Prof Gbemisola Oke and Deputy Provost of the College, Prof Adefatai Adeniyi, explained that the envisioned 280-room hostel, encompassing blocks A, B, C, D, E, and F, alongside a utility building, is designed to house a total of 664 students.
Building the hostel, she noted, was critical to the re-accreditation of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
She added that the project, which is in partnership with the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association Worldwide (ICOMMA WW), is an alumni-driven initiative which is ongoing in phases.
Narrating how difficult it had been to get the project to its current level, Prof Omigbodun said the donor has shown again his love and passion for the good of the ordinary people calling on others to emulate him.
President of ICOMAA Worldwide, Prof Emmanuel Otolorin, and a Platinum donor, Dr Modupe Sokunbi, who joined the news conference online, thanked General Danjuma for the donation and support.
They lamented that although there are many individuals in the country with the means to help actualise the project but reaching them had been difficult.
The duo appealed to other individuals to come to the aid of the College of Medicine to ensure the timely completion of the project.
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