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Bill to establish medical University in Ekiti scales second reading

A bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in Iyin, Ekiti State, sponsored by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, passed Second Reading at the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.

Bamidele, in his lead debate, said that the essence of the Bill is to provide a highly specialized institution that is not only productive but needed for medical advancement of the country.

The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, and Senator Ibrahim Gobir supported the establishment of the institution, saying that it will hasten medical research of vaccine production in the country.

They noted that the outbreak of the pandemic has exposed the poor state of medical facilities in the country due to lack of adequate manpower.

The Senate through a voice vote unanimously agreed that the bill be passed for second reading and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred it to the Committee on Health, to report back in four weeks.