24 June 2021 By James Itodo
Stakeholders from Iyin – Ekiti Community in Ekiti State were in the National Assembly to identify with the Senate, for establishment of Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences .
The bill to establish the university was sponsored by Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele representing Ekiti Central.
At the public hearing on the bill , sons and daughters of Iyin Ekiti led by their traditional ruler, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye and President of the Community Progressive Union , Mr Akinjide Akinleye , said 1,000 hectares of Land had been secured for the proposed Institution.
Mr Akinleye who made the presentation on behalf of the community, said the required enabling environment in terms of critical infrastructure and social amenities were in place to make Staff and Students of the Institution feel at home at all times .
Earlier in his presentation, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Bamidele, said the goal of the university was to motivate students and medical personnel about the value of being health professionals so as to lead the change in realizing a more sustainable health sector that serves a more sustainable world.
According to him, the essence of the Bill was to provide a highly specialized institution that is productive and very much needed for medical advancement of this nation.
He explained that the University when established , would amongst others, encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction, the opportunity of acquiring a higher education in Health and other Sciences;
develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of diplomas, first degrees, postgraduate research and higher degrees with emphasis on planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skills in the field of Health, biomedical engineering, scientific, and allied professional disciplines.
In a remark, the Chairman Senate Committee on health, Senator Ibrahim Yahaya – Oloriegbe, said aggregation of views made at the public hearing by all the Stakeholders , would guide the Committee in its final report to the Senate .