A bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences, Iyin Ekiti in the central senatorial district of Ekiti State, passed second reading yesterday in the Senate.
Sponsored by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), the bill which was read for the first time on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, is not only seeking the establishment of the institution but to also make comprehensive provisions for its due management and administration.
Senator Bamidele, while leading the debate on the bill, explained that “the university will be delivering education and training to current and future employees of the 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 added.
He went further that “the very essence of this bill is to provide a highly specialized institution that is more productive and very much needed for medical advancement of this nation.”
The lawmaker, who chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, noted that the nation’s health has very high potentials, and requires high level technical, scientific and administrative skills to drive it, stressing that the university is, therefore, to further advanced knowledge through research and nurture unique innovations in the health sector.
Senator Bamidele added that the bill was also meant to “support the mission and broad vision of a modern institution that will develop world-class medical personnel that can sustainably manage our nation’s health sector by providing medical expertise at the highest level.”
“The university is, therefore, to further advance knowledge through research and nurture unique innovations, entrepreneurship and wealth management in its core area of interest,” he said, adding that the enactment of the bill would help in transforming the health and educational fortunes in Nigeria in producing the desired medical manpower and expertise that the country is yearning for.
To support the establishment of the university, he said the Ekiti State government has agreed to part with over 1000 acres of land and therefore sought the cooperation of his colleagues for the expeditious passage of the bill.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, commended Senator Bamidele for his desire for improved healthcare, medical manpower and expertise in the country, and referred the bill to the Committee on Health for further legislative work and report back in four weeks.

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