Welcome to the College of Health Sciences (CHS) of the University of Abuja, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
I am the third Provost of this noble and great medical School, referred to as the College of Health Sciences (CHS), of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja). I had been the pioneer Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences as well as the pioneer Deputy Provost (2015-2016), before being elected and appointed Provost, January 26, 2016.
The CHS is sited centrally in Nigeria, at the Federal Capital Territory, within the University of Abuja that was established on January 1, 1988 as a dual-mode University with the mandate to run both conventional and long distance learning programes.
On the other hand, our noble CHS was established latterly in 2007, and it became the most national University College in Nigeria. I am very pleased to welcome you all to the CHS and its’ now functional website. UniAbuja and the CHS were initially placed in what was tagged ‘Mini-Campus’, at a further southern precinct town called Gwagwalada, but has now moved 80% of its work- and student-force to the permanent site, which is placed nearer the International airport on the Shehu Musa Yaradua Way, occupying land size of 11, 800 hectares.
The current location of UniAbuja and part of the CHS, i.e., permanent site, are in a vibrant and easily-accessible suburb of the Nigerian Federal Capital, which offers conducive academic environment for students and scholars.
The CHS commenced academia with one Faculty, namely the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, with a subsequent addition of 2 more faculties, i.e., namely, the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences and Faculty of Clinical Sciences.
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences is primarily located at the permanent site, whilst the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, shares functions both at the permanent site as well as the Affiliate Teaching Hospital, located about 20minutes drive away in Gwagwalada, that is, the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. Finally, Faculty of Clinical Sciences is fully based at the Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.
The former President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, approved the use of Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital as the Teaching Hospital and directed that a special working relationship be developed with the National Hospital. However, following our belief in the benefits of operating a Multi-Teaching Hospital Complex, the University of Abuja has begun the process of including other hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory in the Hospital Complex.
At it’s of 27th October 2004, the Senate of the University of Abuja approved the creation of four new academic programmes, which included the CHS. The founding/pioneer Provost was Professor J.A.M. Otubu, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, who made a proposal for the creation of CHS, whilst being Dean of Faculty on 1st October, 2005. He was pioneer Provost from 2007 to 2010, and thereafter, Professor S.A. Asala acted in that capacity until being elected and appointed as substantive Provost, August 2014 – January 27, 2016.
A College Statutes 2007, established by virtue of section of the University of Abuja Act 1992 was evolved. This has been approved by the Senate and Council of the University of Abuja and had undergone one reading, but yet to be finalised in view of political changes in government. We are actively pursuing the completion of these Statutes with its passage into law, hopefully before the 2nd quarter of 2016.
The College had located a Primary Health Center at Dobi in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory. The University of Abuja has now completed all stages of negotiation with the Council authority, and this PHC, Dobi has been given to the University for the training of our students. Great thanks must be given to Hon. Zakari Angulu Dobi of Dobi for the gracious release of the said PHC to us.
OUR VISION AS A COLLEGE
The CHS was established to provide an array of national, regional and international opportunities for higher education in medicine, focused and applied research – in an environment that fosters problem-based learning, discovery, creativity, and community engagement, and all in line with its Vision. Frankly speaking, CHS’s Vision is to become a model National Unity Medical School, excelling in medical education and research.
Tuition and research is of an internationally benchmarked standard at CHS, where students are exposed to strategic teaching methodologies, innovative programme design and intensive research. At CHS, we are committed to developing young men and women for careers in medicine, science, and preparing them as future leaders, captains of the medical sector and tourism, researchers and innovators to meet the needs of an ever-changing world and the challenges time ahead.
My personal vision and passion for our noble CHS remains in concert with its own vision and peculiar logo of Solum Optimum (Only the Best), as I want to serve as to be a catalyst for the transformation of CHS into a model College of global standards; as to achieve an accolade of being one of the BEST in Nigeria and rest of Africa; and becoming one of top 200 in the world by 2020.
This vision of mine can be achieved with the use of the following strategy and methodology:
To impart a culture of EXCELLENCE in the quality of training at all levels by;
Building the capacity of EDUCATORS to be along 21st century lines;
Improving facilities & infrastructure;
Blending learning approaches; and
Ensure CHS serves & engages society to enhance economic, social, and cultural well-being.
I invite you all to explore the exciting opportunities available at the CHS on our website – it could well prove to be the beginning of an enriching journey of discovery and excellence.
Thank you indeed.