Senate approves establishment of 18 universities of medical sciences

The Senate has passed a bill seeking to establish 18 Federal University of Medical Sciences and Biomedical Technology across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.

The proposal was approved after the submission of a report by the Senate Committee on Health.

According to the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe, the establishment of the University in the six zones of the country would address the dearth of admission of students aspiring to study Medicine and Allied Sciences in Nigeria.

Announcing this via his twitter handle, Senator Oloriegbe said the two bills were referred to the committee for legislative action and both were approved by the Senate on Tuesday. 

“A bill for an act to provide for the Establishment of the Federal University of Medical Sciences and Biomedical Technology in six Geo-political zones and related matters connected therewith 2022 (SB. 678).

“The bill seeks to establish 18 Universities of Medical Sciences and Biomedical Technology in the six Geo-political zones of the Country (3 per zone). 

“Included in the bill is the establishment of a Federal University of Medical Sciences & Biomedical Technology in Okuta, Kwara State,” he wrote. 

The lawmaker added that the second bill approved was seeking to establish the Health Education Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria. 

“The Bill seeks to establish the Health Education Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria. To provide for the registration of persons seeking to become members of the Health Education Practitioners profession in Nigeria; set regulations and standards for the profession; discipline erring members; & advance professionalism in the practice of Health Education in Nigeria,” he said.

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