By: Willy Punvwet,
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has donated a 160 bed capacity model hospital to the Federal University Lafia, stating that, the donation of the model hospital is to boost the capacity of the institution.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony of the hospital to the Management of the University on Monday, 27th of July, 2020, Governor Abdullahi explained that the project was started by the immediate past administration in the state, as part of the State Government’s support towards the establishment of the School of Medicine by the University.
“This Hospital is expected to serve as the Teaching Hospital for students of the Medical School of the University and is at boosting the capacity of the institution for human capital development”, Gov. Abdullahi stated.
The State Chief Executive explained that, the gesture was propelled by his administration’s determination to prioritize and strengthen the health care system of the state, bearing in mind the fact that the achievement of an industrialized State is contingent upon a healthy population.
He further gave an assurance that, his administration would continue to support the University in the training of medical personnel, who would handle the issue of healthcare delivery.
Governor Sule therefore called on the host community where the edifice is located to embrace the development, and ensure its safety for the benefit of members of the public.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Yahaua, had revealed that, the edifice was awarded for over N1.2 billion and over N800 Million naira has been spent so far by the State Government.
He explained that, the Model Hospital has 160 bed capacity with offices and other facilities to serve as Teaching Hospital for the Federal University of Lafia.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sanusi Liman, expressed gratitude to the Nasarawa State Government for the donation and other support since the institution was established in 2011.
He gave an assurance that the university would not forget the support given thus far by the State Government and requested for more.
“I assure you that, the indigenes of the state would get more than 50 percent admission chances in medical sciences and other facilities.” The VC promised.
He however, requested the State Government to further renovate the structure and acquire more land for full commencement of the Medical Programs.
The Vice Chancellor appealed to Governor Abdullahi to use his good office and talk to President Muhammadu Buhari to approve a Teaching Hospital in the state as it would go a long way to attract federal government attention.