Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC-Sokoto East) says the federal government will establish a Federal University of Medical Sciences at Gwadabawa and a Federal Medical Centre in Gada, all in Sokoto State.
Gwadabawa and Gada Local Government Areas fall within the Sokoto East Senatorial District represented by Mr Gobir.
Speaking with journalists in Sokoto on Sunday, he said the decision to have the Federal Medical Centre, Gada, “was borne out of the genuine desire to make us have a federal presence in that area.
“This is because most of the facilities and centres like the Usmanu Danfodiyo University and its Teaching Hospital, among others, are all located in Sokoto Central.”
The lawmaker maintained that there is no federal presence in the whole of the eastern part of the state, describing the situation as “a problem.”
He added, “So, we feel what we can do is to come up with an FMC Gada so that at least our people can access enough medical care”.
Mr Gobir also said that both bills for the establishment of the university and the centre have passed second reading on the floor of the Senate.
Similarly, the public hearings for the planned institution and health centre had successfully been conducted.
“So, the only thing that is going to be done is the clause-by-clause, that is the third reading.
“Then the reports would be laid, the considerations and the eventual passage of the bills, to be followed by the presidential assent,” the lawmaker said.