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Amnesty boss seeks partnership to bridge medical professionals’ gap In N/Delta 

The Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Dr Dennis Otuaro, has assured the management of the Bayelsa Medical University (BMU), Yenagoa, of collaboration to…

The Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Dr Dennis Otuaro, has assured the management of the Bayelsa Medical University (BMU), Yenagoa, of collaboration to remedy the shortage of medical professionals in the Niger Delta.

He observed that there was a gap in medical personnel in the region, stressing that one of the major objectives of the programme was human capital development in the region.

Otuaro, who gave the assurance when he led his management team on a visit to the University, stated that the amnesty programme and the BMU could strengthen their partnership to train more students in critical areas in the health sector.

Earlier, he and his team had visited Igbenedion University and Benson Idahosa University in Edo State; the Western Delta University, Oghara; the Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo; and the Michael and Cecelia Ibru University, Ughelli, all in Delta, as a part of his tour of tertiary institutions partnering with the PAP.

During the visits, Otuaro interacted with the PAP scholarship students and the management of the institutions with a view to getting first-hand information on improving service delivery.

The Amnesty Programme, which was established in 2009 to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate ex-agitators into the mainstream of society and expand educational opportunities for indigenes of impacted communities, is currently in the reintegration phase.

A statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Igoniko Oduma, quoted the Administrator as having noted that the Niger Delta was faced with two major challenges namely, limited infrastructure and human capital development.

He applauded the BMU for being a success story of the PAP scholarship scheme and playing the role for which it was established by the Bayelsa State government.

Otuaro said, “The Amnesty Programme under my watch will focus on developing the human capital in the Niger Delta.

“The Bayelsa Medical University is very vital at this time when we need more trained medical professionals to cater to the healthcare needs of our people and drive development in the Niger Delta region.”

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of BMU, Prof Ebitimitula Etebu, congratulated the Administrator on his appointment by President Bola Tinubu.

He also commended Otuaro for the deliberate decision to visit the institutions where scholarship students are studying, noting: “This demonstrates the vigour and dynamism you have brought to the Programme.’’

Etebu sought further collaborations between the university and the amnesty programme, especially in professional courses, and appealed to the PAP to consider creating a special scholarship scheme for the health sector because of the great need in that area.

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