The Cross River State Government has challenged the Governing council of the state College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences to put its first step strongly forward to transit from schools of Nursing and Midwifery to a Collegiate system.
The governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, tasked them at the inaugural meeting of the Governing Council held at the conference room of the Ministry of Health to achieve the mandate of the Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.
Accordingly, she said “the Cross River State College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences should commence in less than three (3) month time. I task you to put steps strongly forward to achieve the mandate of the Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade administration to transit from schools of Nursing and Midwifery to a Collegiate system.
“You need to work assiduously to achieve the global universal health coverage (UHC) and sustainable development goals (SDGs) policies as it pertains to the health sector of our economy. We will ensure to push for the need for well-trained health work force”.
The Commissioner for Health, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Barr. Takon A. Takon congratulated the chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Margaret Opiah and members on their experiences gathered over the years.
He remarked that the Governing Council has enormous assignment and the membership is critical to achieving the given mandate of starting the college during the tenure of Governor Ben Ayade.
The chairman, Governing Council, CRS College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences, Dr. Margaret Opiah in her speech at their maiden meeting said the complexity of their first assignment is the take-off of the college.
According to her the Council has been given a mandate to kick start the activities that will culminate into CRS College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences.
Accordingly she said “together we form a team entrusted by the people of Cross River State with the task, to plan and set proper objectives to our roadmap to achieving the common goal.”
Dr. Opiah described her and members appointed as call to service and partnership with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) to promote excellence in nursing education and practice, particularly to partake in the transition from hospital based training of nurses to academic based.
She added that the new status of the college will enable its graduate have proper certification by the regulatory bodies such as National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National University Commission (NUC) as well as engage Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) in admission of students and onward participation in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The meeting featured exchange of ideas, questions and answer session.
Other members of the Governing Council are permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Barr. Takon A. Takon, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance, Mr. Gabriel Ikang; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Aniedi Ekpeyong; Acting Director, Nursing Services, Dr. (Mrs.) Pauline Obute; CRS Human Resource on Health –World Health Organization (WHO) representatives, Dr. Daniel Salihu; and CRS-NANNM Chairman, Mr. Ojong Ogar.
Also included are Sir Aji Eko, Principal School of Nursing, Itigidi, Barr. Philomena Egodo, Mr. Eteng Bassey, Mr. Emmanuel Olayi, Lady Philomena Undie, and Deac. Mrs. Bassey Offiong the Secretary of Council.
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