By Yakubu Busari,Jos
The President elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon by the Federal school of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos to provide more funding for the infrastructural development of the school and movement to its Permanent site.
These in addition, the Plateau State governor elect Barr. Simon Lalong has also been urged to bring about federal government project that could help the infrastructural development of the educational sector of the state.
The plea was made by the Provost of the Federal school of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos, Dr. Sunday N. Etukudoh during the facility tour and matriculation ceremony of its 2015 medical laboratory technicians at the Permanent site, in lamingo, Jos.
Dr. Etukudoh lamented that work on the Permanent site of the school had been abandoned due to lack of funds since 1985, revisited in 2001 but still uncompleted, stressing the need for the completion of the clinical laboratories which would serve as a base for the academic excellence.
He pointed out that the school has been utilising the clinical laboratories of the Jos University teaching hospital for training; and hoped for the speedy passage of the bill for an act for proper establishment of the school so as to have a legal backing for all its activities.
“The legal frame work will also empower the college to access the tertiary education trust fund for infrastructural development.”
“The school was established by the Federal government through the Federal Ministry of health in 1954 with a mandate to train medical laboratory scientists who would provide accurate diagnosis, monitoring of Treatment, thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality rate, significantly increase the life expectancy and quality of life of Nigerian via improve Healthcare delivery system.”
He however added that the school is committed towards training of competent technicians who will meet the health care needs of the country.
Plateau State governor elect, Barr Simon Lalong who was represented by Mr. Samson Dewan assured them of the incoming administration’s commitment in improving the educational sector, saying that the government would support the college in its capacity.
He advised the students to be committed and be involved in a practical learning to be specialist in their various fields.
In a key note presentation, title ‘medical laboratory science profession: my destiny and my passion’ by Dr. Chukwu. O. Chukwu, admonished the students to shun all forms of social vices that could distract their studies, urging them to obey constituted authority and study hard.
He said that they should be passionate, committed and dedicated to God, your academic and social responsibilities in the school in order to succeed excellently.”
The guest speaker Mr. Olumide Olaniru, advised the students to be zealous in their academic pursuit, adding that it is a great privileged to be a technician and hence the need to do what is right.
He also called on parents to give adequate support to their wards to make them excel in their academic pursuit.