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 Faculty Hospital (UCH). The gesture is a part of his aware efforts in direction of making certain that Nigerians, particularly kids, have entry to world class healthcare amenities and specialised remedy 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 befell on January 19, 2021 within the premises of the hospital, was attended by the Group Chief Government, 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 Faculty of Medication, Professor Yinka Omigbodun; the Administration of College Faculty 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 tackle, the Group Chief Government, 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 venture 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 kids and the excessive demand for world class amenities 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 availability of world class medical amenities. The publicity and interplay later grew to become the brainchild of this N5 billion institution, credited as a prototype of the Ormond Road Kids’s Hospital in London, United Kimgdom”.
Talking on the Banking icon’s choice at hand over the management and administration of the Centre to UI and UCH, Mr. Balogun disclosed that, “on the finish of its development, some establishments requested to handle the hospital, however Otunba Balogun strongly believes that the College of Ibadan and College Faculty 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 Faculty Hospital has been mandated to supply medical providers, the College of Ibadan will interact in analysis and different tutorial 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, stated that it’s an proven fact that the well being and welfare of society are crucial to the event of any neighborhood.
Based on 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 understood for; unequalled provision of well being care providers, analysis and coaching”.
Commenting additional on Otunba Balogun’s steady generosity, he confused that, “the UCH isn’t just witnessing the generosity and benevolence of Otunba Balogun now. A few years in the past, he endowed the Otunba Tunwase Kids Emergency Ward in UCH and he has been funding the Ward since then. A whole lot of kids have been saved there, whiletraining and analysis in Paediatrics have been happening unhindered.”
In her remarks, the Provost, Faculty of Medication, 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.
Based on 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 teachers. 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 availability of this world class medical facility to training, capability constructing, youth empowerment and different socio-economic initiatives, geared toward enhancing the event of humanity and society generally.