The Founding father of FCMB Group and notable philanthropist, Otunba Olasubomi Balogun (CON), has formally handed over his Otunba Tunwase Nationwide Paediatrics Centre (OTNPC), positioned at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, to the administration of the College of Ibadan and the College School Hospital (UCH). The gesture is a part of his aware efforts in direction of making certain that Nigerians, particularly youngsters, have entry to world class healthcare services and specialised therapy providers. The price of the hospital is estimated at over N5 billion.
The switch of the hospital to UI and UCH was preceded by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which clearly states how the Centre is to be managed by the events, on October 1, 2020 in Lagos.
The formal hand over ceremony, which happened on January 19, 2021 within the premises of the hospital, was attended by the Group Chief Govt, FCMB Group and Board Chairman, Otunba Tunwase Basis, Mr. Ladi Balogun; the Group Head, Company Affairs of FCMB, Mr. Diran Olojo; the Appearing Vice-Chancellor of the College of Ibadan, Professor Adebola Ekanola, (who was unavoidably absent), was represented by the Provost of the School of Drugs, Professor Yinka Omigbodun; the Administration of College School Hospital, led by its Chief Medical Director, Professor Abiodun Otegbayo; the Interim Transition Administration Committee of OTNPC led by the Chairman, Dr. Adeyinka Hassan, in addition to different eminent personalities.
In his handle, the Group Chief Govt, FCMB Group, Mr. Ladi Balogun, who represented the Founding father of FCMB Group, Otunba Olasubomi Balogun, gave an perception to what impressed the enterprise mogul to take up the extraordinary philanthropic challenge nearly 11 years in the past.
He recalled that, “the inspiration by Otunba Olasubomi Balogun to construct this nice institution began when he took over the youngsters’s hospital on the UCH Ibadan, the place he was uncovered to the true plight of sick youngsters and the excessive demand for world class services to cater for his or her wants in a sustainable method. An interplay with the then Minister of Well being, late Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, additional propelled Otunba Balogun to do extra when it comes to the supply of world class medical services. The publicity and interplay later grew to become the brainchild of this N5 billion institution, credited as a prototype of the Ormond Road Youngsters’s Hospital in London, United Kingdom”.
Talking on the Banking icon’s determination handy over the management and administration of the Centre to UI and UCH, Mr. Balogun disclosed that, “on the finish of its building, some establishments requested to handle the hospital, however Otunba Balogun strongly believes that the College of Ibadan and College School Hospital are in a greater place to do this successfully and additional elevate its standing, contemplating their respective pedigrees.”
He additional defined that, “following the signing of the MoU final 12 months by all of the involved events, the decision is that whereas the College School Hospital has been mandated to offer medical providers, the College of Ibadan will interact in analysis and different educational works, whilestudents from UI would even be concerned as a part of the coaching”.
Appreciating the gesture, the Chief Medical Director, UCH Ibadan, Professor Otegbayo, mentioned that it’s an proven fact that the well being and welfare of society are important to the event of any neighborhood.
In response to him, “we on the UCH are grateful for this chance to contribute to the well-being of residents in Ijebu neighborhood, Ogun State and Nigeria at massive. We promise that as quickly as all of the authorized nuances are sorted out, we will absolutely transfer in and proceed with what UCH is thought for; unequalled provision of well being care providers, analysis and coaching”.
Commenting additional on Otunba Balogun’s steady generosity, he confused that, “the UCH is not only witnessing the generosity and benevolence of Otunba Balogun now. A few years in the past, he endowed the Otunba Tunwase Youngsters Emergency Ward in UCH and he has been funding the Ward since then. Numerous youngsters have been saved there, whiletraining and analysis in Paediatrics have been happening unhindered.”
In her remarks, the Provost, School of Drugs, Professor Omigbodun, expressed delight on the official hand over of the hospital to each the college and UCH. She lauded Otunba Balogun for handing over the administration of the hospital to the establishments.
In response to her, “we’re extraordinarily grateful to Otunba Subomi Balogun for this beneficiant contribution to the medical sector. This Centre would definitely contribute immensely to the coaching and analysis actions carried out by our lecturers. It’s our hope that different Nigerians who’ve achieved greatness of their numerous fields would emulate him”.
Otunba Subomi Balogun is a widely known statesman, entrepreneur and philanthropist with a number of charitable initiatives and programmes for the individuals of his hometown of Ijebu-Ode, in addition to many different elements of Nigeria. His philanthropy ranges from the supply of this world class medical facility to schooling, capability constructing, youth empowerment and different socio-economic initiatives, geared toward enhancing the event of humanity and society basically.