By Damilola Adeniran
OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday considered and read for the second time a Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Health Science, Otukpo and other related matters connected thereto.
The bill is sponsored by immediate past Senate President, and Senator representing Benue South, Senator David Mark.
This would be the first bill in the former Senate President’s name since the start of the extant 8th assembly.
The bill was read beyond the regular 2pm closing time of plenary, in apparent show of respect for the former Senate President by his colleagues in the red chamber.
Speaking on the bill, Senator Mark emphasised the need for specialised institutions especially in the medical field to help breach the deficit of medical professionals in the country.
“This University will basically train doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pathologists, pharmacologists, pharmacists, and all allied subjects in medicine, up till University level and degree awarding levels”, he stated.
Continuing he said “At the moment, the World Health Organisation requirement is one doctor to five hundred people. In Nigeria, our own is one doctor to six thousand people”.
In their various contributions, Senators took turns to praise and extol the virtues of the former Senate President, while pledging their full support for the bill.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over proceedings, in his remarks suggested that the Senate’s Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND consider renaming the proposed institution in honour of Senator David Mark.
The bill was subsequently read for the second time and referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND.