THE Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Professor Emmanuel Kucha has said that federal government has reversed the Federal University of Health Sciences approved by immediate past administration in Otukpo, Benue State to a college of medicine at the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
Former president Goodluck Jonathan had approved the university of sciences in Otukpo along with other Colleges of Education converted to university on the eve of his exit.
Prior to the approval, University of Agriculture, Makurdi was earlier granted the license to run the college of medicine with the teaching hospital to be located in Otukpo area of Benue state.
But the VC explained at the weekend that federal government had reversed the decision of the federal university of sciences and returned it to a college of medicine in the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
Professor Kucha however said that the take off of the college has been put on hold pending the availability of funds, saying, ‘as am talking to you, federal government has reversed the approval of past administration establishing university of health sciences in Otukpo, it has been reversed to college of medicine, university of Agriculture, Makurdi’.
“As of now we are sourcing for funds to develop the college of medicine”, adding that the college we take off as soon as the institution get funds to kick start the college.
Speaking on his efforts at generating funds to meet the challenges in the institution, the Vice Chancellor noted that his administration has stepped up the internally generated revenue with the expansion of crop farming where hundreds bags of rice, corns, soya beans and other farm produce were cultivated, so also was the establishment of table water project which he said had improved the institution’s revenue.