Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos has appealed to President elect, Muhammadu Buhari to provide more funds for the infrastructural development of the school and the movement to its permanent site.
The school also appealed to the Plateau State governor elects, Simon Lalong to attract federal government projects that would help the infrastructural development of the educational sector in the state.
The plea was made by the Provost of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos, Dr. Sunday Etukudoh during a facility tour and the matriculation ceremony of its 2015 medical laboratory technicians at the permanent site, in lamingo, Jos.
Etukudoh lamented that works on the permanent site of the school had been abandoned due to lack of funds since 1985 which was revisited in 2001 without any meaningful development.
He stressed the need for the completion of the clinical laboratories which would serve as a base for the academic excellence. According to him, the school has been making use of the clinical laboratories of the University of Jos Teaching Hospital for training of students and prayed for the speedy passage of the bill for an act for proper establishment of the school so as to have a legal backing for all its activities.
“The legal frame work will also empower the college to access the tertiary education trust fund for infrastructural development.” “The school was established by the Federal government through the Federal Ministry of Health in 1954 with a mandate to train medical laboratory scientists who would provide accurate diagnosis, monitoring of Treatment, thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality rate, significantly increase the life expectancy and quality of life of Nigerian via improve Healthcare delivery system” he said .
He however stated that the school was committed to training of competent technicians to the health care needs of the country. Plateau State governor elect, Simon Lalong who was represented by Mr. Samson Dewan assured the school of the incoming administration’s commitment towards improving the educational sector of the state, saying that the government would support the college in its capacity. He advised the students to be committed and be involved in a practical learning to be specialist in their various fields.
In a key note address, title ‘medical laboratory science profession: my destiny and my passion’ by Head of Department, Animal Husbandry of Vom ,Jos, Dr. Chukwu Chukwu, he admonished students to shun all forms of social vices that could distract their studies.
He urged them to obey constituted authority and study hard while in the institution to achieve their purpose of coming to school.
“Be passionate, committed and dedicated to God, your academic and social responsibilities in the school in order to succeed excellently” he said.
The guest speaker Mr. Olumide Olaniru, advised students to be eager in their academic pursuit, adding that it was a great privileged to be technicians and hence the need to do what is right. He also called on parents to give adequate supports to their wards to make them excel in their academic pursuit.