Senate approves health science varsity, ICT institute in Benue, Niger
THE Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill to establish the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, Benue State. The upper chamber also passed a bill for establishment of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Suleja, Niger State.
The passage of these bills followed the consideration of two separate reports by the Committees on Health for secondary and tertiary institutions and TETFUND.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Hahaya Oloriegbe, while presenting the report said the passage of the bill seeking to establish the University of Medical Sciences, Otukpo, would give legal backing to the institution which is already in existence.
According the chairman, “the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, is already in existence but needs legal backing to effectively carry out its mandates.”
Speaking on behalf of the Chairman, Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Ahmad Babba Kaita, Senator Nora Daduut said the establishment of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology would offer practitioners knowledge in systems analysis, testing and designs in virtual healthcare application, electronic health record and tele-medicine, as well as software and hardware development.