Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) has called on the Federal Government to establish a Medical College and teaching hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.
Ahmed who represents Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the Red Chamber made the call when a Special Committee of the National Universities Commission (NUC) visited the Moddibo Adamawa University of Technology (MAUTECH) and the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola at the week end.
The visit by the Seven-man panel led by Professor Abdullahi Suleiman Ribadu was meant to assess the facilities in the two federal institutions to determine their suitability for the introduction of medical college in the University and the conversion of the FMC to a teaching hospital.
In the same vein, the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umar Fintiri, said his administration would support the realization of the project.
Sen. Ahmed who accompanied the Committee on the visit alongside the Senator representing Adamawa South, Senator Yaroe Binos Dauda and Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, representing Taraba Central,
She said the introduction of a medical college in the university and conversion of the FMC Yola to a teaching hospital would bring a great relief to the people of Adamawa, Taraba and beyond.
Sen. Ahmed who spoke during a courtesy visit on the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa by the Committee, said the visit followed a motion she sponsored on the matter on the floor of the Senate.
She said: “Your Royal Highness sir, in company of this special committee of the NUC, who are to make an on-the-spot-assessment of the Moddibo Adama University of Technology, Adamawa and Federal Medical Centre Yola, for the consideration of the possibility of establishing a medical school and upgrading the Federal Medical Centre Yola to a teaching hospital.
“This followed a high-powered meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Education, Senators from Taraba State, and Senators from Adamawa state and the Executive Secretary of the NUC at the instance of the Senate President, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan following a motion which was sponsored where I was the lead sponsor and 37 distinguished other senators co-sponsored.
“The motion was not only unanimously approved but was overwhelmingly so. Your Royal Highness, this issue started in way back 2011 to 2015 where you people gave me the opportunity to represent Yola North/Yola South and Girei Federal Constituency in the Lower Chamber. I sponsored the same motion.
“At the lower chamber, the motion was unanimously approved even though it did not see the light of day.”
“And I would not forget to mention that our number one citizen, the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umar Fintiri, in his wisdom led a bipartisan high delegation to Mr. President over the same issue where Mr. President said a formal letter should be written and a positive consideration would be given to it.”
Also in her remarks when the NUC’s Special Committee visited the management of the MAUTECH, Senator Ahmed said the National Assembly wholeheartedly supports the realization of the project.
“From the legislative arm of government, we will do everything that needs to be done to ensure the realization of this project.
“Within the jurisdiction of the Senate we would certainly do it. And the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan is all out for this project,” she said.
On his part, the Lamido of Adamawa, Musdafa, thanked members of the team and the Senator representing Adamawa Central, Senator Ahmed for their concern towards the welfare of the people of Adamawa and the Northeast.
Musdafa said: “I thank all members of this high powered delegation which is in Adamawa in respect of our request for the conversion of the Moddibo Adama University of Technology to a conventional University and the Federal Medical Centre Yola to a teaching hospital.
“Thank you very much for your concern for the hopes and aspirations of the people of Adamawa and the North East zone to be realized.
“And I don’t need to say a lot about this project because now we must thank Allah that has caused the government to look at the problem seriously and to constitute a committee like this to under study the situation here.
“I want to thank the Senator representing Adamawa Central, for the vision and her efforts towards this project since she was in the House Representatives.”
Also in his remarks when the NUC’s team visited him, the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umar Fintiri, thanked the delegation and Senators Ahmed and Dauda for being in the state to attend a major educational and health concern in the state.
He pledged the readiness of his administration to ensure the smooth take off of the project if approved by the Federal Government.