From Chris Gaga, Makurdi
The Federal Government has formally announced the establishment of Federal University of Health Sciences at Otukpo, LGA of Benue State.
The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sunny Echono made this known on Thursday, during a workshop on “Education Management Information System” held in Makurdi,
Echono said Governor Samuel Ortom has approved that General Hospital, Otukpo, would serve as the nucleus for the commencement of the new university.
He further stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved the establishment of Secondary Education Commission so that education at that level would be re-energized and repositioned.
Echono explained that the workshop would help Nigeria to do proper planning for the development of education.
The Permanent Secretary advised Education managers to take up the challenge of collecting data for educational development at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
In his address, Benue State deputy governor, Benson Abounu who represented Governor Samuel Ortom, said the establishment of the Health Sciences University was a dream come true, adding that Echono was instrumental to the realisation of the dream for the University of Health Sciences in Otukpo.
Abounu also said Nigeria must train people on data collection so as enhance quality and utilization of data.
The four day workshop which started earlier in the week attracted participants from the 36 states and the FCT.