Senate okays amendment to Teaching Hospitals Establishment Act


LAGOS HERALD A bill seeking for an Act to amend The University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, etc) Act got the nod of the Senate on Tuesday.

This was sequel to the consideration of a report on the bill, submitted to the Upper Chamber by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health (Secondary & Tertiary), Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central).

The Bill was titled ‘A Bill For An Act to Amend The University Teaching Hospitals Reconstitution of Boards, etc) Act, CAP U15, Laws of The Federation of Nigeria 2004 (Amendment) Bill To Establish The Federal University of Lokoja Teaching Hospital 2022.’

Sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West), the bill seeks to provide a legal framework for the establishment of a Federal University Teaching Hospital, Lokoja.

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In his presentation, Senator Oloriegbe noted that the bill was read the second time on the 23rd of February, 2022, and was referred to the Committee for further legislative action.

“Every institution needs to be backed by an enabling law. It is against this background that this Bill is before this Chamber. 

As at today, training facilities in the health sector are inadequate for the current population and projected population growth for Nigeria, is currently put at 3% per annum. Therefore, establishing the Federal University Lokoja Teaching Hospital will address this gap among others,” Oloriegbe stated.

The Bill seeks to amend the First Schedule to the Principal Act to include the Federal University Lokoja Teaching Hospital and to create a legal backing for the Federal University Lokoja Teaching Hospital.

Following a clause-by-clause consideration of the bill, the Senate adopted the recommendations of the committee and passed the same for the third reading.

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