The College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan has debunked the report that it received a sum of N118 million from Oyo State Government for coronavirus tests.
The College management disclosed this in a press release signed by its Deputy Registrar and Secretary to the College, Dr. Ikeoluwapo Moody and made available to newsmen.
The College management also said it returned N5 million donation to Oyo Government when it was no longer useful.
The statement read: “The attention of the management of the College of Medicine has been drawn to the content of a release by Toye Akinrinola, the Public Relations Officer for the University College Hospital (UCH) on behalf of the Chief Medical Director.
“The release referred to the press release by the Oyo State Government that the sum of N118 million was given to UCH to fight the COVID-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 N118 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 Biorepository and Clinical Virology Laboratory setup for the purpose of testing COVID-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 and Clinical Virology Laboratory was accredited by the NCDC and the College of Medicine 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 N118 million from Oyo State Government.
Earlier, the Oyo State Government had insisted that “it is standing by its position that it has supported the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan to the tune of N118 million in the fight against COVID-19.”
The Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinola Ojo, said that the sum of N118 million was expended in meeting the varied needs of the Department of Virology, College of Medicine and the University College of Medicine and the University College Hospital.
According to the Oyo State Government: ” Attempts by the management of the UCH to disown the Department of Virology, which serves as the teaching and research department in the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan as well as provides Clinical Services to the UCH, is self-serving, artificial and contemptuous.”