By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja
A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu Federal Constituency of Benue State, Dr.
Agbo presented the N1 million cheque to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Innocent Ujah at a brief ceremony in Abuja.
A statement signed by the Media Adviser to the Honourable Member, Mr. Andrew Agbese, stated that the support is in fulfilment of a promise the parliamentarian made to support the university to commence academic activities and function fully as a citadel of learning.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Ottah Agbo said he was happy seeing a senior member of his constituency appointed as Vice Chancellor of a pioneer university that holds a lot of promise for his constituents and the nation in general.
He said given Prof. Ujah’s track record of academic and administrative excellence, his appointment as Vice Chancellor is a crowning glory akin to that of a civil servant becoming a Permanent Secretary or a soldier, becoming a General.
“As far as I’m concerned, you’re a General in the medical profession and I’m happy that you were appointed during my tenure.
“I’m here today because I told you I am ‘Talk and do’ and I want to stand by my words; when I say something, I do it.
“God Almighty has made it possible for me to do it and I don’t joke with that, that’s the legacy I want to leave behind so that when people see my children even when I must have passed on, they will say these are the children of the Honourable Francis Ottah Agbo, your father; was a man of honor and integrity,” Hon Agbo said.
He said from the steps the VC has taken so far to get the university going, Prof. Ujah, will attain great heights with the university as a chick that will grow into a big cock is known from the day it is hatched.
Agbo, who chairs the Narcotic Drugs Committee and is Spokesman of the Minority Caucus in the House, encouraged the VC not to relent but strive to do more so as to lay a solid foundation for the University.
He promised to keep supporting the VC, the university and the Idoma Medical Doctors Foundation, saying he considers it imperative to plant seeds on worthy causes.
“And because you’re a man of vision, I saw what you’ve started in collaboration with your colleagues and saw the way the place is shaping up, and I said I want to be part and parcel of that vision.
“I said I want to plant a seed in the Idoma Medical Doctors Foundation and that is partly why I am here today.
“So I am here to congratulate you once more and encourage you for all the steps you have taken towards making sure that the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, assumes its pride of place in Nigeria and beyond as you have envisioned,” her added.
Agbo lamented the current situation where the whole of Benue South has no resident medical consultant, saying with the coming of the Federal University of Medical Sciences, such challenges would no longer exist and medical services would improve in the entire Zone C.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, who was highly elated by the gesture, thanked the Hon Agbo for the support.
Prof. Ujah who is also the President of Nigeria Medical Association said, “I want to, on behalf of the Federal University of Health Sciences, the Idoma Medical Doctors Foundation, the people of Okpokwu where I come from appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.”
He assured that the University is not going to be for Idoma alone as it is a federal university with international standard as it has started developing partnerships internationally while many are keying into it.
He explained that the University will not only be for the training of doctors as is being assumed as it has departments like Engineering; Water related courses, Nursing; Pharmacy; Medical Laboratory Science Public Health and so on.