By Remi Adebayo
Two bills seeking to establish a federal university and teaching hospital in Ekiti and Nasarawa States have been passed on Wednesday by the Senate.
The bills are Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences Iyin, Ekiti State (Establishment) Bill, 2021, and Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital (Establishment) Bill, 2021.
A statement signed by Special Assistant, Press, to Senate President, Ezrel Tabiowo noted that both bills were sponsored by Senators Opeyemi representing Ekiti Central, Bamidele (APC) and his counterpart and Tanko Al-Makura, representing Nasarawa South (APC).
He noted that the passage of both bills followed the presentation and consideration of two separate reports by Senate Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central), in his presentation, said the bill to establish the Federal University of Lafia Teaching Hospital was “necessitated as a result of the precarious health conditions faced by resident.”
According to him, the bill to establish the Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences Iyin, Ekiti State, seeks to promote and emphasize teaching, research and extension of knowledge in the field of medicine and environmental sciences.
In a related development, the Senate on Wednesday passed a third bill to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards) Act.
The bill’s passage by the upper chamber followed consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
In his presentation, Senator Oloriegbe explained that the amended bill seeks to amend the First Schedule to the Principal Act to include the University Teaching Hospital, Lafia and Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital.
In a related development, a bill seeking to establish the Federal College of Education, Kaiama, Kwara State, also scaled second reading during plenary.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar representing Kwara North (APC).
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after the bill was considered, referred it to the Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita-chaired Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND and was given four weeks to report back to the upper chamber.