The Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology, Jos, Plateau State, has urged the National Assembly to expedite work on a bill seeking to establish Federal College of Laboratory Technology.
The Provost and Chief Executive Officer of the school, Sunday Etukudoh, made the call at a public hearing on the bill, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions.
The bill seeks to repeal the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology and enact the Federal College of Laboratory Technology.
Etukudoh said establishing the Federal College of Laboratory Technology would help COVID-19 test centres across the country and boost quality health delivery.
The Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Science) was established in 1954 without legal backing. Its Act was established in 2018 and upgraded to run a four-year programme for the training of Medical Laboratory Technologists (scientists).
Etukudoh noted that school was not so anxious to call for post graduate and diploma programmes, but that if the legislators deemed it fit, through legislation, the school should be upgraded to a full fledge university.
According to him, the school is competent to upgrade its core functions to drive the primary health sector.
The committee assured health training institutes that the National Assembly would pass bills aimed at improving healthcare delivery and affordable trainings for the Nigerian scientists.