Senate has passed bills seeking to establish federal varsities in Ekiti and Nasarawa.
Newsonline reports that the Senate on Tuesday passed two bills seeking to establish two federal universities in Ekiti and Nasarawa states.
This online newspaper understands that the proposed legislation are the Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences Iyin, Ekiti State (Establishment) Bill, 2021; and the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital (Establishment) Bill, 2021.
The bills were sponsored by Senators Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central); and Tanko Al-Makura (APC, Nasarawa South).
The approval of both bills followed the presentation and consideration of two separate reports by the 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).
Oloriegbe in his presentation explained that the amendment bill seeks to amend the First Schedule to the Principal Act to include the University Teaching Hospital, Lafia and Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital.