A Bill to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards) Act 1985; to accommodate the Federal University of Lafia Teaching Hospital, Wednesday second scaled reading in Senate.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa South).
Al-Makura in his lead debate noted that the bill seeks “to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, Etc) Act No.10 1985 (In this Bill referred to as the “Principal Act”), to include an additional Teaching Hospital, the “Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital” thereby giving full recognition to the Teaching Hospital and included in the Principal Act through this Bill.”
According to the Nasarawa South Senator, the proposed amendment was needed to bring the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital into full operation.
“I wish to state that in compliance with Order 77(3) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015 as amended, this Bill when passed will have no immediate financial burden on the Federal Government treasury as the facilities for the immediate takeoff of the proposed Teaching Hospital for the Federal University, Lafia and its Management Board have been donated by the Nasarawa State Government”, Al-Makura said.
Senators in their contribution supported the Bill.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the Bill after it was read a second time to the Senate Committee on Health for further work.
The Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe-led Committee on Health is expected to report back to plenary within four weeks.