The Bayelsa State Government has pledged to increase investment in the state-owned Bayelsa Medical University (BMU), saying the institution has gone a long way to bridge the gap in medical education in the state.
The State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpor disclosed this in Yenagoa, when he received a 15-member National University Commission (NUC) Accreditation Team led by Victoria Pillar.
He said Bayelsa lacks medical education and qualified manpower in the health sector which informed the state government’s decision to set up the BMU to effectively address the situation.
Senator Ewhrujakpor described the team’s visit as auspicious, saying Bayelsa State is in a hurry to catch up with other states in education, especially in Medicine.
He pointed out that a glaring setback in the Nigerian educational system over the years has been the emphasis on physical structures with less emphasis on human capital development.
According to him, the present administration places a lot of value on manpower and human resource development through education, to improve on the lifestyle of people in the state as well as the pattern of development.
The Deputy Governor urged the visiting NUC team to carry out its assignment with love to the state by being objective in their assessment and recommendations to enable government do better for the institution.
He expressed hope that the excercise would be successful and increase investments in the Bayelsa Medical University which he described as one of the best in the country.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the Accreditation Team, Victoria Pillar, said they were in the state to look at the facilities and the human resource available at the institution.
She said the assessment will be carried out objectively which will enable the state plan effectively towards any necessary upgrade.