By Jessica Dogo
The Chief of Garki, Alhaji Usman Nga-kupi, has demanded for increase in percentage allocated to Abuja indigenes in admission into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Nga-kupi made the call on Friday during a familiarisation visit by the FCT Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Malam Adamu Bappah, in Abuja.
He appealed that FCT indigenes should be considered and given priority in subsequent admissions into the school, moving from the current 30 per cent to between 50 and 70 per cent.
“Whenever our children apply for nursing, they hardly get the admission; even as FCT indigenes.
“We have nowhere to go to; this is our state as none of us can go somewhere else.
“Kindly assist us in ensuring that in the next academic session, our grievances are given due consideration.
“Let us join hands collectively so that aims and objectives are achieved,” Nga-kupi said.
But the traditional ruler thanked the government for the approval to build School of Health Technology in the area, noting that it will be another advantage for indigenes to benefit.
He, however, called on the government to establish a general hospital, specifically in Kabusa, Waru and Kuchigoro areas of FCT.
Nga-kupi said that the areas he suggested were densely populated deserving a government hospital.
“We need a general hospital in Kabusa, Waru, Kuchigoro, Burum and other parts of the chiefdom.
“We have pregnant women and children who are in dire need of proper, affordable and easily accessible medical care,” he said.
Responding, Bappah assured that the HHSS would table the issue before the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, for immediate action.
The scribe also stated that the HHSS would forward the demands to the Urban and Regional Planning Department and the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS), accordingly.
“We will write to AGIS and Urban and Regional Planning Department see what they can do about the issues,” Bappah said.