The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said, “A brand new University of Health Sciences has also been approved, called the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo in Benue State. Before then, this institution has been Medical Health Sciences College under the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.”
“It has been granted autonomy of its own now as part of the continuous efforts to ensure quality graduates into the various fields of the medicine and the sciences.”
This has not come without the effort of the Senate President, David Mark who was influential in situating the institution in Otukpo Local Government of Benue State where he hails from.
Also upgraded were four our old Federal Colleges of Education to new Universities of Education. Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State now to be known as Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo, Federal College of Education, Zaria changed to Federal University of Education, Zaria, Federal College of Education, Kano now to be called Federal University of Education, Kano, while Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri is now approved as Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri.