Minister Delivers 18 Ambulances To Unity Colleges
By, Temitope Mustapha, Abuja.
The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nana Opiah has delivered 18 Ambulances to Unity Colleges across the six geo-political zone of Nigeria.
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Delivering the ambulances to the representatives of the schools in Federal Government Boys College All, Abuja, Opiah said the significance is that the Federal Ministry of Education not only wants students of Unity Colleges to be well educated but to also ensure that they remain of good health in order to have sound minds for the pursuit of learning.
He noted that the gesture premised on twin intention of facilitating human capital development in both educationalist’s and health sector.
The Minister disclosed that the Ministry would procure another set of fifteen ambulances from the 2023 appropriation and it would be distributed on the basis of distance to urban centres, difficulty in accessing hospital services and geopolitical spread.
According to the Minister, the ambulances would be handed over to government hospitals within the community of the schools ,hence facilitating optimal use.
“The option of handing over the ambulances to the hospitals was informed by the need for functional use, as if it is left with your
individual schools, it may not be used for up to three months. Suich a state-of-the-art ambulance should be made useful. Of course, you will always have use of it on a priority basis”
“you should also know that the responsibility for its optimal use to the benefit of the students as well as your host communities should be your number one priority. For clarity, the ambulances would be in the care of the government hospital in your community for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been prepared. You are to sign the five copies, retain one, give one to the hospital and return three to the Ministry,” he noted.
Opiah further made known that the Ministry also gave out two extra buses to two of it new colleges to ensure that all the 110 unity colleges have buses for student use.
“We are also giving out two buses to two of our new schools that do not have one. This is to make sure that all unity schools have their own buses for use by the students. You are to make sure that the bus is not miss used,” he added.
The Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir ,called for judicious use and adequate safe guard of the ambulances .
The beneficiary schools are FGC, Nasarawa state, Federal Governmtent Girls College (FGGC),Langtang, Plateau state, Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC) Ogugu, Kogi and FGC, Azare, Bauchi.
Others are FSTC, Michika Adamawa state, FGGC, Jalingo, Taraba, FSTC Katsina, FSTC
Kaduna, FGC Gusau, Zamfara, FGC Nise,Anambra and FSTC Amuzu, Ebonyi state.
On the list are FSTC Umuaka, FGC October, Akwa-Ibom state, FGC, Ikom, Cross River, FGC Odi, Bayelsa state, FGC, Ikirun, Osun state, FSTC, Igangan, Ogun state and FSTC Ijebu-Mushin, Ogun state.