Written by Godfrey AKON

FG directs JAMB to commence admissions into FUHS, Otukpo

The Federal Government has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to commence admissions into the Federal University of Health Sciences, FUHS, Otukpo.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc Sonny Echono, who disclosed this on a visit to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, said the directive was based on the progress made by the institution and support from the Benue State Government.

Echono also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of two Benue indigenes to head the Federal Polytechnic, Wannune and the Federal College of Education in Odugbo, all in Benue state.

He said the president also approved the appointment of Principal Officers and the Governing Councils for the two institutions, adding that the announcement will be made later this week.

The permanent secretary said the Federal Government’s delegation to Benue comprising a large team from the National Board for Technical Education to carry out a physical inspection, or assess in details, the arrangements and existing facilities at the Polytechnic in Wannune.

“I want to report just like the University of Health Sciences for which instructions have now been given through the National Universities Commission for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB to commence admissions to the Federal University of Health Sciences based on the progress recorded and the support of the government.

“The College of Education was billed to commence in October last year but because of all the challenges we had with covid-19 and so on, we are now just about ready to start. The temporary facilities for physical commencement are ready

“As the gentlemen I just mentioned assume office, they will be directed to work very closely with your government to see how we can fast track the commencement of academic activities for the College of Education within the next two to three weeks and for the Polytechnic later in the year,” he said.

Echono also disclosed that the World Bank, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, is to establish three skills acquisition centres in the state to train and equip many to be self-employed.

He also called for increased enrolment of Benue children into Federal Government Colleges across the state and take advantage of the gifted children's school in Suleja, Niger State for better technical education and advancement.

Responding, Ortom, pledged his administration’s support for all the federal educational institutions in the state by providing a conducive environment for them to operate.

Ortom expressed appreciation to President Buhari for the establishment of three federal educational institutions in the state within a short period of time - University of Health Sciences Otukpo, Federal College of Education Odugbo and Federal Polytechnic Wannune.

He said the proposed establishment of three skills acquisition centres in the three senatorial districts of the state was also a welcome development, stressing that it would add value to the educational development of the state.

The governor also directed the state ministry of education and that of Information, Culture and Tourism to step up sensitization on federal and international scholarships and other opportunities in the education sector for the benefit of people of the state.

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