After the University College Hospital, UCH, denied that it received a sum of N118 million Governor Seyi Makinde, the College of Medicine has also issued a statement to deny such donation.
According to the College of Medicine, the Governor only donated the sum of N5 million, an amount that the school returned because it was not enough to prepare the laboratory for accreditation by the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
In a statement released by the Deputy Registrar of the College, Dr. Ifeoluwapo O. Moody, the college said:
“The attention of the Managerner of the College of Medicine has been drawn to the content of a release by Toye Akinrinola on behalf of the Public Relations Officer for University College Hospital (UCH) of the Chief Medical Director. The release referred to the press release by the Oyo State Government that the sum of NI18 Million was given to UCH to fight the COV1D-19 pandemic. The release stated emphatically that UCH did not and has not received any monetary donation from the Oyo State Government.”
“The release however inferred that because of the seeming misunderstanding in the difference between the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan and the UCH, it was possible that the College of Medicine received the money The College Management wishes to state emphatically and categorically that it did not receive the sum of NI18 Million from the Oyo State Government for COVID-19 tests.”
“To set the record straight, Oyo State Government initially gave the College of Medicine N5 Million to run the Ettoreposnory & Clinical Virology Laboratory set up for the purpose of testing COVED-19 patients.”
“However, when the accreditation by the NCDC was not forthcoming, the N5 Million was returned to Oyo State Government to help in fighting the pandemic in the State.”
“Eventually, the Biorepository & Clinical Virology Laboratory was accredited by the NCDC and the College is working in tandem with the State Government in testing patients using materials donated by the NCDC. Corporate bodies, Alumni Association and other stakeholders. I, therefore, wish to state that the College of Medicine did not receive money to the tune of NI 18 Million from Oyo State Government,” the statement said.