Senate Passes Bill for Establishment of Health Infrastructure Development Agency

By Judith Innocent

In a landmark decision, the Nigerian Senate has approved a crucial bill aimed at fortifying the nation’s healthcare infrastructure. The bill, titled “A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of Health Infrastructure Development Agency and for other matters connected therewith, 2024 (SB. 135),” was championed by Senator Osita Ngwu of Enugu West.

Senate Passes Bill for Establishment of Health Infrastructure Development Agency
Senate Passes Bill for Establishment of Health Infrastructure Development Agency

Senator Ngwu’s impassioned advocacy highlighted the pressing need to elevate healthcare infrastructure, ensuring equitable access to quality healthcare for all citizens. His plea resonated with fellow senators, including Senator Abba Moro of Benue South and Senator Peter Nwebonyi of Ebonyi Central, who voiced their support for the bill.

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Deputy Senate President, Senator Barau Jibrin, also threw his weight behind the initiative, recognizing its pivotal role in driving positive change in the healthcare sector. Following deliberations, the bill advanced to the joint committee on health for further review.

Meanwhile, the Senate unveiled plans to bolster education and entrepreneurship with a proposed bill to establish the Federal University of Agriculture and Entrepreneurship in Bama, Borno State. Sponsored by Senator Kaka Shehu Lawan of Borno Central, the bill aims to address the demand for specialized education in agriculture and entrepreneurship.

Senator Lawan emphasized the university’s focus on practical skills, drawing inspiration from successful international models. If enacted, the Federal University of Agriculture and Entrepreneurship in Bama is poised to catalyze innovation and economic development in the region.

Both bills signify the Senate’s commitment to enhancing crucial sectors and driving sustainable progress nationwide.

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