By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – A Bill for the establishment of the Federal College of Science and Health Technology in Mbu, ISi Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The Bill is being sponsored by the member representing Enugu East/Isi Uzo Federal Constituency Of Enugu State, Professor Paul Sunday Nnamchi of the Labour Party.
The Bill was seeking for the amendment of the Federal Politechnic Establishment Act CAP F17 of the 2010 Constitution as amended to accommodate the proposed college of Science and Health Technology MBU.
Professor Nnamchi in his supporting debate for the Bill stressed that the essence of the Bill was to provide q highly specialized institution that would disseminate knowledge related to the development of Technology, applied science management and other fields of study.
He had appealed to his colleagues to support the Bill ‘because his constituents were in dire need of a Federal College of Science and Health Technology to train personnel that would support sound healthcare delivery in the constituency.
He emphasized that the “Bill seeks to amend the First Schedule to the Principal Act by inserting a new paragraph (q) immediately after (p) “Federal College of Science and Health Technology, Mbu Isiuzo, Enugu State.”
Honourable Nnamchi further asserted that, “once the Federal College of Science and Health Technology is established, it will not only bridge the gap in non-existence Science and Health Technology institutions in the Federal Constituency but will also cater for the needs of Enugu State and the neighbouring States”.
The Bill having passed second reading is expected to go the next stage of the process which is public hearing to provide opportunities for the proposed host community and other stakeholders to make inputs.
The host community, Mbu is expected also to pledge land and cooperation with the Federal Government for the establishment of the college without encumbrances.
I humbly urge my colleagues to support that the Bill be read a second time.