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Unity Colleges get ambulances, buses

The ambulances presented to Federal Government Colleges. Photo. Daniel Adejo/Radio Nigeria.

The Federal Government has presented 18 state of the art ambulances and two buses to Federal Government Colleges (FGC) to ensure students remain of good health for the pursuit of learning.

Presenting the Ambulances and buses at the FGC Apo in Abuja, the minister of state for Education, Mr Goodluck Opiah called on the benefitting Unity Colleges to make good use of the ambulances.

He said that each ambulance would go to three unity colleges across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Mr Goodluck Opiah noted that the delivery was a pilot project of the ministry, stressing that more ambulances would be delivered in no time to other Unity colleges.

”The Ministry intends to make sure that every unity school have an ambulance and this is the first set. We would be procuring another set of 15 ambulances from the 2023 appropriation and these would be distributed on the basis of distance to urban centres, difficulty in accessing hospital services and geopolitical spread.”

”The option of handing over the ambulances to the hospitals was informed by the need for functional use as if it is left with your individual schools, it may not be used for up to three months.
”We are also giving out two buses to two of our new schools that do not have one. This is to make sure that all unity schools have their own buses for use by the students. You are to make sure that the bus is not miss used,” Mr Opiah said.

Photo. Daniel Adejo/Radio Nigeria.

The Director, Senior Secondary Education in the ministry, Hajia Binta Abdulkadri called for effective safeguarding of the ambulances.

The benefiting schools are; FGC, Nasarawa state, Federal Governments Girls College (FGGC), Langtang, Plateau state, Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC) Ogugu, Kogi state and FGC, Azare, Bauchi.

Others are FSTC, Michika Adamawa state, FGGC, Jalingo, Taraba, FSTC Katsina, FSTC
Kaduna, FGC Gusau, Zamfara, FGC Nise,Anambra and FSTC Amuzu, Ebonyi state.

Also added to the list are FSTC Umuaka, FGC, Akwa-Ibom, FGC, Ikom, Cross River, FGC Odi, Bayelsa, FGC, Ikirun, Osun, FSTC, Igangan, Ogun and FSTC Ijebu-Mushin, Ogun state.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Annabel Nwachukwu