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The Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the Medical School Complex grew out of a Cabinet decision of April, 1961 when the Council of Ministers set up a Cabinet Committee to consider the recommendations of Sir Eric Ashby’s Commission on Post-Secondary Education in Nigeria. Members of the Cabinet Committee were Mr. Aja Nwachuckwu (Minister of Education), Dr. T. O.Elias (Attorney-General and Minister of Justice), Mr. Olu Akinfosile (Minister of Communications), Alhaji Shehu Shagari (Minister of Establishments) and Senator (Dr) M.A. Majekodunmi (Minister of State). The Secretary to the Committee was Mr. C. O. Lawson, Deputy Secretary to the Council of Ministers. Two of the many recommendations of the Committee approved by the Council of Ministers were:-
The effective and rapid re-organisation of hospitals in Lagos, Surulere, Ibadan, Kaduna and Enugu for teaching clinical medicine
The establishment of a full-fledged Medical School in Lagos as soon as possible to make use of the existing medical institutions.
The objective was to train at least 100 Doctors annually in Medical Schools in Nigeria from 1975 onwards. The Cabinet reshuffle of June that year saw two of those who served on the Committee being appointed to implement these decisions. These were Senator (Dr.) M.A. Majekodunmi, Minister of Health and Mr. C. O. Lawson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.
The site on which the Mainland Hospital was built and now occupied by LUTH and CMUL was a ninety-two (92) acre field of bush and farmland. In the perennial circumstances of scarcity of funds, it was considered economical to adapt the finished buildings of the new Surulere Mainland Hospital to suit the needs of a Teaching Hospital/Medical School Complex. The energy and enthusiasm of the Minister of Health enabled this task to be accomplished in record time.
Chief (Dr. Majekodunmi, being very distinguished member of the Nigerian Medical Service, had played a major role in the planning of the original Mainland Hospital. This far-sighted and far-reaching decision to re-orientate the original objective was to add a new and significant dimension to the contributions, which both the hospital and the Medical School were to make to health care delivery in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.