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Gov Dickson Inaugurates Bayelsa Medical University Governing Council
Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Seriake Dickson, has charged the pioneer Governing Council of the state-owned medical university to work towards making the institution one of the best in medical research and education.
Governor Dickson gave the charge on Friday while inaugurating the Professor Emeritus Nimi Briggs-led council and 10 other members in Government House, Yenagoa.
He explained that the rationale for establishing the university is to provide specialised training to all categories of medical professionals and promote research in line with global standards.
The governor said BMU would churn out qualified medical graduates to man the various hospitals and health centres his administration has built across the state in order to improve healthcare delivery.
He appreciated the state House of Assembly for passing the bill establishing the university in record time, which made it possible for it to be recognised as the second state-owned specialised medical university in the country.
He acknowledged the contributions of past administrations in the state, particularly that of the late Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha for investing in the facility that now accommodates the university.
While thanking the chairman and members of the Governing Council for their patriotism and sense of duty, he urged them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in translating the vision of the university to reality.
His words: "The Bayelsa Medical University is one of the very few specialised medical universities in this country. When I was receiving the Certificate of Recognition from the National Universities Commission, they made it clear to me that this is the fourth specialised medical university in Nigeria and the second state-owned.
"Our dream is to make BMU one of the best centres of medical research and education in the world. I therefore call on you to bring your vast experience to bear in this onerous task of building a world class university.
"We have already started a partnership with the University of Louisville and the Brown Cancer Center, which is affiliated to it. It is your duty to work on, deepen and strengthen the bond of the relationship that has already started."
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Briggs saluted the efforts of Governor Dickson toward building the Ijaw nation, particularly in the area of education.
He expressed gratitude to the governor for their appointment and assured of their preparedness to work for the achievement of the university's set goals.
Members of the council are Amb. Godknows Igali, Prof. Tarilah Tebepah, Dr Aziba-Aloaguo Seibofa, and Prof. Rose Ezonbodor-Akwegbe.
Others are Dr Afolabi Ogunlesi, Dr Herbert Oye, Mrs Tuate Alagoa Nene while the Commissioner for Education, Hon Jonathan Obuebite and representatives of the Ministry of Finance and NUC are to serve as Ex-Officio members.
Earlier, during a courtesy visit of the delegation from the University of Louisville, Governor Dickson said the partnership with the US-based institution would transform BMU into a centre of excellence for medical education in the state and beyond.
According to him, his administration is desirous of specialising in the area of primary healthcare delivery and the development of an excellent cancer centre in the state.
Assuring the partners of the state government's readiness to fulfill its obligations contained in the Memorandum of Understanding, Dickson said the university is poised to meet every international standard in the training of its medical personnel.
His words: "This is the beginning of what I believe is one of the most fruitful academic collaborations between our university and yours in the United States. And this will be a model for a number of people to look at.
"We are happy we have an Oncologist in your team because as part of our efforts in healthcare, we are concerned about the development of an excellent cancer centre.
"We will do everything on our part to fulfil our obligations arising from the agreement that we have already signed."
In his remarks, the Dean of Public Health, University of Louisville, Prof. Craig Blakerly, applauded Governor Dickson's examplary vision in the promotion of healthcare systejms in the state.
According to Prof. Blakerly, various initiatives being introduced in the state health sector are highly commendable.
He expressed the belief that the collaboration would yield positive results for the two parties.

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