Just In: Bill To Establish Federal University Of Medical And Health Sciences in Ekiti Scaled Second Reading

Just In: Bill To Establish Federal University Of Medical And Health Sciences in Ekiti Scaled Second Reading
  • PublishedMarch 16, 2021


A Bill to establish a Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State, scaled second reading in Senate on Tuesday.

The Bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State and for matters connected therewith, 2021” was sponsored by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central).

Bamidele in his lead debate said that the essence of the Bill is to provide a highly specialized institution that is not only productive but needed for medical advancement of the country.

He said: “The University will be delivering education and training to current and future employees of medical profession.

“The goal of the university is to inspire and motivate students and medical personnel about the value of being health professionals so as to lead change for realizing a more sustainable health sector that serves a more sustainable world.”

He described the location of the University site, Iyin Ekiti, is an ancient and historic city known to have produced huge numbers of professors.

“It may interest you to know that the Ekiti State Government is ready to part with over 1000 acres of land in support of the establishment of this institution,” he said.

He added: “The University is therefore to further advance knowledge through research and nurture unique innovations, entrepreneurship and wealth management in its core area of interest.

“The enactment of this Bill will help in transforming the health and educational fortunes in Nigeria in producing the desired medical manpower and expertise that Nigeria is yearning for.”

Senators in their contributions supported the Bill.

They approved that the Bill be read a second time when it was put to voice vote by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Lawan referred the Bill to the Senate Committee on Health for further legislative work and to report back to plenary in four weeks.

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