President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed into law the Medical Residency Training Act, 2018 and the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, Establishment Etc, (Amendment) Act, 2018.
This statement was made public by Sen. Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters while briefing State House Correspondents.
Senator Enang revealed that, the medical law enacts and regulates the Medical Residency Training Programme for the training of Medical Practitioners and Dental Surgeons. The programme would be regulated and managed by the National Medical Post-graduate College of Nigeria.
“The programme was for persons with the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB. BSc, MB. CH, B, BDS), or its equivalent, who had done the NYSC programme with discharge or exemption certificate. He said such candidates should also possess professional indemnity certificate from a reputable insurance company, among others.
“This Act is directed at ensuring the quality and competence of medical practice and practitioners in Nigeria through statutory medical training programmes. “It is to encourage medical tourism from other countries to Nigeria and build further confidence in Nigeria medical system.
“The amendment further fortifies the power of the minister to issue policy directives as well as re-enforced statutory powers of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to regulate the Electricity Industry under the principal Act.
“The amendment eliminates ambiguity in the law and role conflict of the responsible institutions as well as properly providing for the exercise of statutory powers of NERC which was established before now,’’ he added.