Malikiya College of Health and Social Sciences in Bauchi State has appointed a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, as chairman governing council of the institution.
Ahmed was inaugurated alongside nine other members of the council, including Ambassador Muhammed Adamu Jumba, Professor Abdulkadir Saidu Shettima, Professor Sani Abubakar Malami, Dr Zuwaira Hassan Ibrahim and Alhaji Gambo Magaji.
Others were Khadi Abdullahi Yakubu Marafa, Dr Timothy Odigwe Emuan, Alhaji Muhammad Abdulmumin and Baba Muhammed Muazu.
Speaking at the event, at the college in Bauchi, chairman of the council, Yayale Ahmed described the appointment as a call by Almighty Allah to serve humanity, adding that they accepted the appointment for the sake of Allah to serve humanity with diligence and commitment for the development of education in the state and Nigeria in general.
Ahmed said the country is in dire need of more trained health workers to restore effective health care service, adding that without adequately trained manpower, the nation’s health facilities would not be able to render standard services to the citizens.
He advised medical doctors to always give recognition to other paramedics and work hand in hand with them for efficient service delivery, adding that the paramedics are as important as the doctors in the health profession.
He commended the proprietor of the college for his vision of establishing the institution, adding that it would go a long way in complementing government efforts in terms of training health workers.
Earlier in a remark, the school proprietor, Aminu Muhammed Danmaliki, said the college was established on the request of the state government in 2014 seeking to bring the private sector to partner with it to build additional health institutions in the state in view of the manpower shortage in government and private hospitals in the state.
He explained that the college currently has over 3,000 students and offers accredited courses in health and social sciences and intends to affiliate with universities at home and abroad to run full medical courses.
He revealed that some of the courses being taught in the school included Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW), Junior Community Health Extension Workers (JCHEW), Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), X-Ray Technician and Dental Surgery Technician.