<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today announced a donation of N10 million to assist the NKST Mkar School of Nursing and Midwifery to meet up with accreditation requirements.
He also presented four vehicles to the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Makurdi while expressing optimism that with concerted efforts to meet required standards their accreditation would be secured.
Governor Ortom spoke at the Benue Peoples House where he received a delegation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria led by Mrs Okeoma Chiemeka.
According to him it was regrettable that the schools lost accreditation for several years on account of previous government neglect inspite of what he described as its enormous contributions to health care delivery in the state and several countries abroad.
Governor Ortom said the determination of his administration was to upgrade the School of Nursing Makurdi and affiliate it with the College of Health Sciences at the Benue State University to become a degree awarding institution.
He expressed the hope that soon he would invite the council to return and inspect facilities at the school in the realisation of that objective.
The Governor commended faith based organizations in the state for their contributions to the development of the state particularly in the education and health sectors and assured them of the state government’s support.
Leader of the accreditation team, Mrs Chiemeka, pledged that the council would do its work in accordance with the guidelines.
Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecilia Ojabo, expressed appreciation to the Governor for the political will and commitment he has exhibited in ensuring the resumption of the two schools.