Council calls State Govt. to hasten the establishment of Medical School in IBB Varsity
The Lapai Emirate Council in Niger, has beckoned on the Niger state government during a mid projects assessment, to fast-track the establishment of School of Medicine in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai
The Niger Commissioner for Information, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, who spoke on the behalf of the people, also urged the quick establishment of the school.
He said that the college would enable the university to train medical doctors and other health personnel for the state to meet shortfalls in its health personnel.
Vatsa, an indigene of the area, explained that the school would provide access to people from the state with interest to study medicine and other health-related courses at the university.
He said that the state had a large number of qualified candidates who annually sought admission to study medicine and other medical courses in universities.
“We do not have enough health professionals, including medical doctors to man our health facilities.
“Our children have been seeking admission in far states with such field to study medicine, pharmacy and other health courses.
“If we have this school in the state, people with interest in such courses will not travel to other states to study and it will encourage more people to enter the medical line,” he said.
Vatsa also stressed that, most of such interested candidates were usually not admitted by universities but were often advised to take other courses.
He went on to appealed for the state government’s intervention in the completion of the institution’s Senate Building that had been abandoned for many years.
Responding, the governor said the state government and the Kuwaiti government had entered into a partnership to ensure the speedy establishment of the School of Medical Sciences.
He said the state was experiencing a shortage of medical doctors, adding that the medical school would help to overcome challenges that the shortage posed.
The governor said the government would ensure that all issues affecting the Council and the institution were captured in the supplementary budget of the state.