The Bayelsa State Medical University Bill and the Corporate Social Responsibility Bill has gone through a second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly.
Leading debate on the bill on Medical University, Leader of the House, Hon. Peter Pereotubo Akpe said the establishment such a university will stem the tide of medical brain drain from the state to other states in the countries abroad.
He revealed that the university which will be sited on the 500-bed hospital complex along Imgbi Road in Yenagoa will be in collaboration with India’s renowned Apollo University in the area of training in pharmacy and medical engineering.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abraham Ingobere argued that the acute shortfall in intake of medical students to the NDU due to limited space will be remedied by the proposed Medical University thereby tackling shortage of medical personnel in the state.
Hon. Tonye Isenah in his contribution expressed joy that the long abandoned 500-bed hospital facility will now be put to productive use with the establishment of the Medical University there.
He lamented that due to the shortage of intake at the medical faculty of the NDU, most students wishing to read medicine and are compelled to take alternative courses.
Hon Baraladei Igali representing Southern Ijaw constituency III noted that the running of such a unique university will bring to bear specialisation and core competence in the medical profession in the state and serve as added income generation.
The bill was committed to joint House Committee of Health and Education.
Also as part of the day’s business on the floor of the House, the bill on Corporate Social Responsibility was read a second time.
Opening debate on the bill, Leader of the House, Hon. Peter Pereotubo Akpe said the bill is intended to create an operational standard of corporate social responsibility for organizations doing business in the state.
Member representing Southern Ijaw constituency II, Hon. Monday Bubo-Obolo in his contribution said the bill will compel companies like the multinationals to make quantifiable and verifiable contribution to their host communities by channelling a prescribed percentage to a fund that will be administered by the state government.
Hon. Bernard Kenebai, representing Sagbama constituency II said the bill will tackle the grievance that arise from faulty implementation of ambiguous memoranda of understanding between corporate bodies and host communities which he said will help solve avertable crises.
The bill was committed on the House committee on Appropriation and Finance for further deliberation.