The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, has enjoined other well-to-do Nigerians to invest in the country’s education and health sectors by establishing globally competitive academic institutions and hospitals.
He advocated for this during a brief ceremony that was heralded the beginning of operation of the 40-bed ABUAD Multi-System Hospital in Ado Ekiti.
According to him, “If more well-to-do Nigerians channel their resources towards the establishment of quality universities and health facilities, it would automatically halt the rising spate of foreign trips abroad for education and healthcare among Nigerians.”
He added that with the modern equipment in his nine-year-old university and the state-of-the-art equipment at the hospital, the university has been rated Number One Private University in Nigeria by Webometrics.
He assured that the hospital is primed to provide quality healthcare that would put an end to foreign medical tourism by Nigerians.
He said: “I must make it clear that this hospital is open to everyone – the rich and the not-so-rich alike. We will run this place like we run our chambers where we handle the cases of the not-so-rich at minimal charges while those who can pay are made to pay.
“In the short and long run, the rich and the not-so-rich will be happy. The rich will pay less than they would have paid going abroad for the same treatment, while we will be able to subsidise the cost for people on the lower rung of the ladder.”
Present at the ceremony were Babalola’s wife, Yeye Aare Modupe, his two deputies and other dignitaries.