The newly established Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo (FUHSO), said to kick-off academic activities soon.
This was disclosed by the Vice-Chancellor of the newly established University, Professor Innocent Uja on Monday at the temporary site of the institution in Otada – Otukpo, Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State.
During the announcement, the leadership of an Idoma socio-cultural organisation known as “Iponu Welfare Association,” Makurdi, paid him a courtesy visit.
‘Students admission has started and we have commenced screening already. We decided that it shouldn’t be medical institution alone but health sciences. And that is why we have established faculty of sciences,’ the VC said.
He explained that the university would be offering courses in other relevant disciplines, particularly in the sciences.
“We decided that it shouldn’t be a medical institution alone but health sciences. And that is why we have established faculty of sciences,” the VC explained.
In order to commence academic programmes as planned, Prof Ujah also stated that academic staff have been recruited from the avalanche of available applicants on merit.
He further intimated that the teaching hospital would commence operation from the General Hospital Otukpo which he said was currently in a dilapidated state.
“The general hospital is in a severe deplorable state but it can be revived. It would be renovated while we work on the permanent site, ” the VC said.
Prof Ujah commended the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Architect Sunny Echono, for the noble roles he played towards the actualization of the university as well as Otada, the temporary host community for its support.
Earlier, Chairman of Iponu Welfare Association, Sir Moses Ajima and Secretary, Mathew Otache, charged the Vice-Chancellor and his management team to strive to put the institution on a strong footing.
He advised that the employment of competent hands from the Benue South Senatorial District should be considered.
They tasked the university management to endeavour to abide by the Federal Government’s policy on admission of students, stressing:
“We would advise that you endeavour to reflect the Federal Government policy on admission that provides for 30 per cent to the catchment area, 30 per cent on merit, 30 per cent to the educational disadvantage states and 10 per cent discretion”.
Relatedly, the leadership of Katsina-ala Old Boys Association (KAOBA), led by its chairman, Joseph Asema, also paid the Vice-Chancellor a courtesy call.
“We are here to rejoice with you on your elevation first as the President of the Nigerian Medical Association and then as the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo,” Asema said.