The Bauchi State House of Assembly, BAHA, has resolved to amend the Laws establishing the Bill and Melinda Gates College of Health Technology Ningi, after WikkiTimes’ independent investigation had exposed the rot in the system.
WikkiTimes’ investigation had documented how admission dereliction, assault on schools laws posed threat to academic quality at the college.
The investigation also uncovered how Alhaji Sule Abdulkadir Doguwa, a non-health professional was appointed by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed as Chairman of the Governing Council of the college.
The investigation quoted Part II section 8 (a) of the current law establishing the college, which provides that, “the Chairman who shall be a health professional to be appointed on a part-time basis by the Governor on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Health.”
The Assembly during its plenary on Tuesday says amending the laws of the college will enable it expand its programmes and also appoint any qualified “educationist” as Chairman of the governing council as against what is obtainable at the moment.
Bello Sarkin Jadori, Chairman of the House Committee on Health and Human Services said the objectives of the college be corrected to include Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma (ND) as required by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE.
“The Committee also recommended that restriction enforced in the principal law that the Chairman of the Governing Council of the College must be a retired health professional be lifted now to be a ‘competent educationist’ in order to reflect a multidisciplinary institution as contained in the requirements of 70:30 ratio stipulated by NBTE as prerequisite for TETFUND inclusion and intervention”, a statement by Abdul Burra, the Spokesperson of the Assembly’s Speaker which summarizes its proceedings has said.
The Assembly committee also recommends that the “appointment of provost should be amended to reflect multidisciplinary nature of the College, hence it will now read; the Provost of the College shall be appointed by the Governor on the recommendations of the Governing Council through the Commissioner Ministry of Health.”
WikkiTimes also recalled that the Assembly had earlier warned the management of the college not to punish any or staff of the college who granted interviews to the press.