Senate seeks amendment to University Teaching Hospitals Act 1985

The Senate is seeking to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, etc) Act ..10 1985, so as to include the Federal University Lafia, Teaching Hospital.

This was sequel to the presentation of the lead debate on the general principles of the Bill by the sponsor, . Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, at plenary, on Wednesday, which he noted the Bill was read for the first time in the chamber on Thursday, Feb. 11.

He said the objective of the Bill was to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, Etc) Act .10 1985, to include an additional Teaching Hospital, the “Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital and accord it recognition.

Al-Makura (APC-Nasarawa) and former Governor of Nasarawa State, said when passed,  the would complete all the required enactments to bring the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital into operation.

Supporting the passage of the Bill for second reading, . Stephen Odey (PDP- River) said as a new university teaching hospital, it was expected it would be provided all the facilities and enabling laws would make it function effectively.

“It is only when the Act is amended and properly passed, that the university will enjoy -fledged facilities”, he said.

Also, . Barau (APC-Kano) the Nasarawa State Government for donating a teaching hospital to the Federal University, Lafia.

He said that the right thing to do was to give legal backing as sought by the Bill for the hospital to become .

The President of the Senate, thereafter, referred the Bill to the Senate Committee on Health to report back in four weeks.

Meanwhile, three other Bills also passed first reading in the Senate, including; the National Examination Management Commission Bill, 2021 sponsored by Sen. Kabir Barkiya (APC-Katsina).

Others were the Nigeria Salt Development Council Bill, 2021 by Sen. Michael Nnachi (PDP-Ebonyi), and Nigeria Postal Services Bill, 2021 sponsored by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos). ()