Bayelsa Assembly passes medical university bill despite opposition


The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has passed the Medical University Bill amidst stiff opposition from stakeholders at a public hearing.

The stakeholders had Tuesday’s public hearing unanimously opposed the establishment of a new tertiary institutions in Bayelsa when existing ones were not well funded.

Stakeholders including Nigeria Medical Association, Nigeria Bar Association, Civil Liberties Organisation amongst others, kicked against the idea of a Medical University arguing that “the existing medical school is in dire financial need.’’

House ignored the consensus
Ignoring the consensus at the public hearing, the House went ahead to give expedited passage to the Executive Bill presented by Governor Seriake Dickson.

The Speaker of the House, Kombowei Benson said the assembly had passed 116 bills in the past one year.

The House proceeded on its annual six week recess.

Bill rejection
It had unanimously rejected a Bill before the National Assembly for the establishment of a framework for the water resource sector in Nigeria

The rejection of the Bill was preceded by a motion moved by the member representing Southern Ijaw 1, Kate Owoko, (Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP)

Owoko had described the waterway security bill as obnoxious, provocative and targeted at controlling the life styles of the people of the Niger Delta region who are predominantly dependent on water and marine activities.


Mercy Chukwudiebere