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|By Yahaya Ahmed

The members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA) have appealed to the Federal Government to consider a resolution of the Assembly on the matter of establishing a teaching hospital for Federal University of Lafia (FULafia).

This is just as the Nasarawa lawmakers have promised to sensitise their constituents and mobilise resources for success of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development Studies (CARDS), recently established by FULafia.

It would be recalled that there is an ongoing debate among stakeholders revolving around the issue of whether to locate the proposed teaching hospital for FULafia in Keffi LGA, precisely at the premises of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, or the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia.

According to the members of the House, who spoke through the Chairman, Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Daniel Oga Ogazi, the Assembly has already given its support for the establishment of the teaching hospital in Lafia, the host local government area of FULafia and capital of Nasarawa State.

He said: “We have stated our position on this matter through resolutions and bills passed by the Assembly donating Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia. So, we are hoping that the Federal Government, in its own wisdom, will see reasons to accept that the teaching hospital should be based in Lafia because doing so will make it easier for the students to go for their learning.”

Ogazi, who spoke to the press in company of his two other colleagues, Hon. Mohammed Alkali and Ibrahim Mohammed Agah Muluku, when they visited the Vice-Chancellor of FULafia, Prof. Shehu Abdul Rahman, in Lafia, said that the people of Nasarawa State would be doing a great disservice to the state to be cited elsewhere, other than Lafia.

“If we allow the teaching hospital to be cited in Keffi, then, we are going to lose two things,” he pointed out, saying: Firstly, we are going to lose conducive atmosphere for learning for the student of the proposed teaching hospital, such development or movement, to somewhere away from Lafia, would negatively and psychologically affect the students learning ability.

“Secondly, we are going to lose the Federal Medical Centre Keffi (FMC) once the FMC, Keffi, is rescheduled to serve as a teaching hospital. At a time when some states are fighting to get more attention and facilities from the Federal Government, we should not be seen toying with, or throwing away the one we already have.”

The House of Assembly member, therefore, called on those people pushing for the teaching hospital to be cited in Keffi to have a rethink, saying that it would “be the greatest mistake for the people of Nasarawa State were they to allow that to happen.”

On the state of readiness of the DASH to host the teaching hospital, he said: “The DASH has the facilities. Again, the state has a new hospital, built by the former governor with almost every facilities provided. The Federal Government can take over Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital which has some state-of-the-art facilities. We need to have the teaching hospital in Lafia because having it in Lafia will benefit our state greatly.”

Earlier, in his welcome address, the vice-chancellor had informed the lawmakers of developments regarding the situation of the teaching hospital, calling on the lawmakers to assist the University in making sure that “the right thing is done.”

He appealed to them to reach out to other people on the matter, urging them to avoid getting sentimental in the process of explaining the issue to their constituents.

He also talked to the Assembly members of the existence of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development Studies (CARDS), calling for support from the House of Assembly for success of the centre and development of agriculture in Nasarawa State.

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