Former minister of defence, Lt. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma has donated the sum of $1,363,108.43 to the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan (UI) to build hostel for students.
The donation made through the T.Y Danjuma Foundation is to be used to build Block D.
The college provost, Prof Olayinka Omigbodun, announced the donation at a joint press conference organised by the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association (ICOMAA) shortly after the turning of sod of the hostel facility to be built with the donation.
Danjuma’s wife, Senator Daisy, represented him at the ceremony.
She was accompanied by her sisters, Vicky Falope, a former permanent secretary to the Oyo State Government, and Edugie Abebe, a former federal permanent secretary.
Addressing journalists, the provost, flanked by co-chair of the project building committee, Prof Gbemisola Oke, and deputy provost of the college, Prof Adefatai Adeniyi, explained that the envisioned 280-room hostel, encompassing blocks A, B, C, D, E, and F, alongside a utility building, was designed to house a total of 664 students.
Building the hostel, she noted, was critical to the re-accreditation of the College of Medicine.
She added that the project, which is in partnership with the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association Worldwide (ICOMMA WW), was an alumni-driven initiative that is ongoing in phases.