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Presidential Amnesty Programme to collaborate with Bayelsa Medical University to address healthcare shortage

Partnership aims to bolster medical education and alleviate healthcare challenges in the Niger Delta region, says PAP Administrator Dennis Otuaro.

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Dennis Otuaro, Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), announced plans for a strategic partnership with Bayelsa Medical University (BMU) to tackle the scarcity of medical professionals in the Niger Delta. During a visit to the BMU in Yenagoa, Otuaro underscored the programme’s commitment to human capital development in the region.

According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Igoniko Oduma, Otuaro emphasized the importance of collaboration between the PAP and BMU to enhance training opportunities in critical healthcare areas. The visit to BMU is part of Otuaro’s broader initiative to engage with tertiary institutions partnering with PAP across the Niger Delta region.

Acknowledging the region’s infrastructure and human capital challenges, Otuaro praised BMU’s role in addressing these issues through the PAP scholarship scheme. He affirmed the programme’s renewed focus on nurturing human capital to drive development and meet the healthcare needs of Niger Delta communities.

In response, BMU Vice-Chancellor Ebitimitula Etebu lauded Otuaro’s proactive approach and expressed gratitude for the visit. Etebu highlighted the importance of further collaboration between BMU and PAP, particularly in professional healthcare courses, and urged the creation of a specialized scholarship scheme for the health sector.

Interacting with PAP scholarship beneficiaries at BMU, Otuaro assured prompt resolution of their grievances, including delayed allowances and inadequate resources. He reiterated the programme’s commitment to empowering students and leaving a lasting legacy of positive impact in the Niger Delta region.

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