PHOTOS: Former Governors, Senators, Military Generals, and Others Back Binani’s MAUTH, NDH Bills

Dermatology Hospital in Garkida will impact some people's demand for the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre in Hong in opposition to Binani's bill for FMC Mubi.
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Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills

The public hearing was scheduled for Monday, September, 29. Despite claims that Binani's supported bills will be opposed by a politically motivated, but undefined party of Adamawa indigenes, men of conscience, former legislators, governors, and Adamawa people in diaspora have joined the common call to bring the establishment bills to life.

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani of Adamawa Central has introduced three health-related bills, which she described as "for the improvement of the Healthcare sector of our people".

Both the first and second readings of the bills were approved. The Senate Committee on Health, which was mandated, has convened a public hearing in order to encourage public participation.

The Binani’s three bills are:

  1. Teaching Hospital for Modibbo Adama University, Yola and related matters.
  2. National Dermatology Hospital, Garkida (Establishment Bill).
  3. Federal Medical Centres (Establishment Bill).

Binani would characterize Bills 1 and 3 as "straightforward." As a consequence, no further clarification is needed.

Prof Abubakar Alhaji Bakari, Chief Consultant General, Vascular and Transplant Surgery, UMTH, and Prof Auwal Muhammad Abubakar, Medical Director, FMC Yola, were present for further confirmation and clarification, if necessary, on the establishment of a Teaching Hospital for Modibbo Adama University, MAUTH Yola and related matters.

The bill No. 2, National Dermatology Hospital, Garkida (Establishment Bill), attracted a lot of attention outside the public hearing, with a lot of it aimed at deconstructing Sen. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, who said that the President of the country should have been consulted first about the prospect of creating a Dermatology Hospital before continuing.

And that, rather than making a National Dermatology Hospital in Garkida, a Dermatology Centre should have been built in the Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital.

Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health has replied that there was nothing wrong with the legislative process on the bill, which would ultimately be submitted for presidential assent, but that there were a flood of responses from post-public hearing comments.

Binani articulated that
“Nigeria, a country of over 200 million people does not have a tertiary Health Hospital dedicated to dermatological issues and training.

“Garkida provides a good foundation for such, given its antecedents, recognition and contribution in the field of dermatology”.

The establishment of a National Dermatology Hospital in Garkida would also imply the establishment of at least one in each of the country's geographical zones, which would be a significant achievement.

Since both Garkida and Hong are in the state's central senatorial district, citizens outside the public hearing insinuated that building a Dermatology Hospital in Garkida will impact some people's demand for the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre in Hong in opposition to Binani's bill for FMC Mubi.

Outside the public hearing, people feared that any effort to prevent the establishment of a National Dermatology Hospital in Garkida would harm the political reputation of those perceived as opposing the move by the electorates in both the central and northern senatorial districts.

Major-General Paul Tarfa (rtd), Chairman of the North East Development Commission, represented the Garkida community at the public hearing to
“present the role of the Garkida Community on the achievements and importance of the Garkida Dermatology Hospital,” alongside His Excellency, former Adamawa State Governor Boni Haruna, a visionary leader who stood firm to reclaim the state specialist hospital.

Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills

Governor Boni Haruna was the one who, against all odds, bravely and victoriously founded Adamawa State University, ADSU Mubi; the first in the northern part of the country and regarded as one of the best in the country.

Boni's ambition is to create the university's Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine, among other faculties, before any state university can.

General Hospital Mubi would have been transformed into a teaching hospital if ADSU had a Medical College.

“this is why I have paid repute to my sister, our Amazon, Senator Aishatu Binani for being the foster mother of the child we gave birth to in 1999.” Boni said of Binani's bill.

“If that place was not gotten as Federal Medical Center as far back as that time, I don’t think that it would have been easy to build on transforming this FMC to a Teaching Hospital”.

Adamawa is a name given to a community The Diaspora has made and continues to make a significant contribution to the establishment of the National Dermatology Hospital in Garkida.

Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills

In the words of Dr. David Malgwi, one of the prominent supporter of the bill,

“I would like us to appreciate the efforts of Dr. John Garnvwa (London, UK) and Dr. Samson Kefas (Ottawa, Canada) who tirelessly solicited for international support and recommendation from University of Oxford, UK, Ottawa Canada and LEPRA in support of the bill for establishing the National Dermatology Centre in Garkida.

“We thank you so much for your efforts”.

Sen. Muhammadu Unary Jibrilla Bindow, a former governor of Adamawa state, has steadfastly endorsed Binani's bills and lauded her strategic legislative thought, saying,
"I have not regretted by all standard, for supporting you to represent the people of Adamawa Central".

Other notables who spoke out in favor of the incredible amazon Binani and the bills at the public hearing included:

Senator AbdulAziz Murtala Hammanyero Nyako is a 2019 ADC gubernatorial candidate who represents Adamawa central senatorial district in the 8th National Assembly. Among the bills supported by Sen. Nyako was the creation of a medical college at MAUTECH and the upgrading of FMC Yola to a teaching hospital.

Sen. Binta Masi Garba is a senator in the 8th National Assembly who represents Adamawa's northern senatorial district.

Senator Ahmed Hassan Barata is a member of the 7th National Assembly who represents Adamawa's northern senatorial district.

General Andrawus Sawa, General IBM Haruna, and Nigeria Labor Congress President Comrade Ayuba Philibus Nwaba.

This explains why it wasn't about Binani, but about collective accountability, political sensibility, and effective leadership; administration and representation; and a kind of Adamawa that speaks for the state and region.

The following is the complete text of Sen Binani's public hearing speech:

Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills


(BINANI) AT THE PUBLIC/INVESTIGATIVE HEARING ON BILLS SPONSORED ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE 29TH MARCH, 2021.

PROTOCOLS!

It is my singular privilege and honour to welcome you to this very important public hearing on three related bills on Health, which I sponsored for the improvement of the healthcare sector of our people i.e:

i. Teaching Hospital for Modibbo Adama University, Yola and related matters.

ii. National Dermatology Hospital, Garkida (Establishment Bill).

iii. Federal Medical Centres (Establishment Bill).

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, my dear stakeholders and distinguished personalities.

All the three related bills slated for public hearing this morning are very important for the improvement of the healthcare sector of our people, not only in Adamawa and neighbouring states of Taraba and Gombe but will impact positively in all states of the North-East geo-political zone of almost 30 million people.

So any move or proactive measure towards this direction needs our collective support and buy-in.

The first bill Mr. President, Chairman, is the Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, Yola.

The bill Sirs, is straight forward as it provides the essential component for the Medical programmes, which the University would hopefully commence from 2021/2022 academic session, which has already been assented by His Excellency Mr. President.

I am sure you may get confirmation of this from the Representative of the University Vice-Chancellor in the person of Prof Abubakar Alhaji Bakari, Chief Consultant General, Vascular and Transplant Surgery, UMTH and the Medical Director of FMC, Yola Prof Auwal Muhammad Abubakar, who are both physically present here today.

The second bill your Excellency, is the National Dermatology Hospital, Garkida.

It may be of interest to you Sirs, distinguished guests, as you would soon hear from our senior Elder Statesman Major-General (Dr) Paul Tarfa (rtd), Chairman North East Development Commission, who is here to present to us the position of Garkida Community on the contributions and significance of the Garkida Dermatology Centre.

A hospital that assumed international fame and recognition; a hospital that at one time or the other trained the likes of Professor Adeoye of the University College Hospital Ibadan, who had his Horsemanship in the Hospital in 1968.

Other well-known names associated with Garkida Hospital were the likes of Professor Adeoye Lambo and Prof. Olukuye Ransome Kuti – two world renown Medical Practitioners at the level of world Health Organisation (W.H.O) and the latter as our country’s Minister of Health at one time.

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, the former Governor of Adamawa State would also give us further insight into the significance of this Hospital.

Suffices to say that presently, Nigeria, a country of over 200 million people does not have a tertiary Health Hospital dedicated to dermatological issues and training, hence my motivation to table such a bill.

Garkida provides a good foundation for such given its antecedents, recognition and contribution in the field of dermatology.

It is for these and many more that I urge us all here to support the bill and recommend to the Senate a speedy passage of the bill.

The third and last in the bills slated for your scrutiny this morning is the Federal Medical Centres (Establishment) bill.

Mr. President, Chairman Senate Committee on Health, distinguished guests, our bill on the Federal Medical Centres, is again a straight forward bill, which seeks to provide legal framework (backing) for the existence of the Hospitals across the country.

All the Federal Medical Centres in the country are presently operating without any enabling law.

No doubt about it, the hospitals are providing the much-needed tertiary healthcare services in the country and were established by successive governments to perform such.

Exigencies of time, at the point of establishment overtook the need for enabling laws to be enacted at that time.

Nevertheless, it is better late than NOT, hence my tabling a bill to provide the legal framework.

We must work within, the law. All the hospitals are doing a commendable job to the nation but we need to support them and ensure they are properly guided by the Law. I so urge us to.

In conclusion, your Excellency, Mr. President, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, very respected and distinguished guests, I thank you immensely for finding time to be with us at this forum of public hearing. Without your support, it would have been difficult for us to promulgate laws for the good of our country and for good governance.

Thank you and God bless.

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani),
Adamawa Central.

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Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills
Former Governors, Senators, Millitary Generals, and Others Back Binani’s FMCs, MAUTH, NDH Bills