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||By Abubakar Ibrahim

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, recently, received in audience a delegation from the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) College of Medicine, promising to address the crucial issue of staffing in the college.

Abdul Rahman, who received the visitors, led by the Provost of the FULafia Medical College, Professor Ahmed Yakubu Ashuku, said that he was making frantic efforts to resolve all other matters hampering the smooth running of the college.

Specifically, he said that, soon, the problem associated with staffing in the college would become a thing of the past, adding that “any issue that affects our medical college cannot be treated lightly.”

The vice-chancellor said that other than the problems associated with staffing in the college, other needs of the college would also be looked at with a view to quickly addressing them for the overall betterment of the University.

It would be recalled that the Medical College of FULafia, which is still at its infancy stage, was established few years ago to address the issue of shortfall in health manpower in Nasarawa State, in particular, and the North-central Zone of the country.

Serious efforts were being made by the Abdul Rahman-led administration of the University, in collaboration with the senator representing the Nasarawa South Senatorial District and former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Umaru Tanko AL-Makura, to secure a befitting teaching hospital for the University.

Already, a bill in respect of establishing the teaching hospital has reached an advanced stage and it would soon be transmitted to the president by the National Assembly for his assent.

Earlier, in his speech during the visit to Abdul Rahman, the provost of the medical college, Ashuku, highlighted some of the problems faced by the college, appealing for the vice-chancellor’s intervention to address them.

He, particularly, raised the issue of staffing in the college, saying that though the college had enough staff to implement its current mandate, “more will be needed soon because ours is a fast growing college.”

He thanked the vice-chancellor for what he described as his “prompt response to the needs of our college,” saying that “the staff of the college appreciate that and we will always do our work well to make you feel proud of the college.

In a related development, Professor Abdul Rahman has received “Progress Report” from the Committee on University Farm and Research Practice, recently, in his office, with a call on members of the committee to facilitate realisation of the FULafia agricultural dream.

The report was presented to the vice-chancellor by the committee's members, led by Dr Alhassan Usman.

The initiative of the University of establishing a farm in the town of Obi, the headquarters of Obi LGA, is being championed by the newly created Centre of Agriculture and Rural Development Studies, (CARDS) and Faculty of Agriculture.

It would be recalled that the CARDS was specifically established by Abdul Rahman to provide farming communities in Nasarawa State with technical support to improve their agricultural practices and production.

The vice-chancellor believed that majority of farming communities in Nasarawa State have limited access to farming technology and, often, points out that CARDS would develop and share new approach to farming activities and make agriculture efficient and profitable.

Abdul Rahman, therefore, called on farming communities in the state to take advantage of the centre and acquire knowledge on how to boost their agricultural activities.

Receiving the report of the committee, Abdul Rahman stressed the importance of the University owning its own farm, saying that with Nasarawa as an agrarian state, FULafia must do something in that respect to help the state and its people develop.

Submitting the report, the chairman of the committee said that he and his colleagues have worked very hard with a view to making it possible for the University to commence its farming activities in no too distant time from now.

He commended the vice-chancellor for his introduction agricultural initiatives in the state, saying that people would benefit tremendously from the agricultural activities of the University in Obi.

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