Staff, students jubilate over upgrade of Federal Dental College Enugu to university status

Rector, Federal University of Health and Allied Sciences, Enugu, Prof. John Emaimo (middle), flanked by the registrar, Mrs. Angela Chukwu(l) and deputy rector, Prof. Cajethan Nwadinigwe(r) and others at an occasion to celebrate the institution’s upgrade from college to university status by federal government

Staff and students of the Federal University of Health and Allied Sciences, Enugu have expressed their gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for upgrading the status of the institution from College of Dental Technology and Therapy to a university.

The staff and students who bared their minds at an occasion to celebrate the new status of the institution, also hailed the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa for the success of the upgrade, saying it was his passion for quality healthcare delivery that enabled the upgrade of the institution.

The rector of the new university, Prof. John Emaimo, while commending the contributions of the staff of the institution through their dedication, said that the present status of the university did not come to him as a surprise.

According to him, “We already knew that this kind of good news will come one day because we have had this proposal on the table of the previous president but it was not signed. That’s why we insisted that every staff must get prepared to fit into the new status. 

There’s a dire need for what we’re doing here as an institution. We’re not new and we’re already a degree awarding institution. We have the structure and manpower to carry on a quick transition.

We know the terrain very well and we’re not new.

“People felt it was a joke when we were preparing. That’s why we told you to get yourself fitted into the new structure.

“I’m glad that a lot of our colleagues have already prepared to fit into this new status”.

Other staff and students, who also spoke, commended the rector for his commitment and doggedness in ensuring that the upgrade came to fruition.

Commending the upgrade policy, a student, Ufot Akpan, said, the university was now better positioned, adding that the products of the institution would now have additional societal status conferral on them on graduation.


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