Senate passes bills on Ekiti, Nasarawa federal varsities

The Senate on Tuesday passed two bills seeking to establish two federal universities in Ekiti and Nasarawa states.

The proposed legislations are Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences, Iyin, Ekiti State (Establishment) Bill, 2021, and 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).

The 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 residents.”

According to him, the bill to establish the Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences, Iyin, Ekiti State, seeks to promote and emphasise teaching, research and extension of knowledge in the field of Medicine and Environmental Sciences.

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