College of Nursing graduates in Cross River to go for NYSC

Students graduating from the College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences, Itigidi (CONMSIT), would participate in the one year mandatory National Youth Service Scheme of the NYSC, Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu has said.

The Commissioner made the disclosure when she led the Governing Council and Management team of the College on a special thank you/courtesy visit to the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to intimate him on the newly attained accreditation status of the institution, which is said to be the first of its kind in the South-South region.

The Governor who received the delegation and the accreditation certificate in his office in Calabar, expressed satisfaction and congratulated the Health Commissioner, the Governing Council, the Management team and other Stakeholders for delivering on the mandate bestowed on them.

He said he was impressed with the speed at which laudable achievements were recorded in the health sector, assuring the team of his continued support and commitment towards making the maiden College a citadel of professional and academic excellence.

“I had great confidence in Dr Betta Edu when I appointed her Commissioner for Health as I knew she’ll give me the expected result, the Council has done a great job and I’m very proud of this huge achievement. For this record breaking achievement, issues bothering this Council will be looked into and given speedy attention.”

On her part, Edu applauded the Governor for prioritizing the health sector and making the entire process that led to this achievement seamless.

“Cross Riverians are blessed to have you as their Governor Your Excellency, in your administration the health sector has always come first and so is the health of every Cross Riverian. You’ve made us record outstanding successes by supporting us morally, intellectually and financially.

“We couldn’t have come this far without your exceptional leadership. Today because of your fatherly support and tireless effort our health sector is ranked top on many fonts, all our Schools and Colleges have gained full accreditation with an increased benchmark in intake of students, our General Hospitals across the State are wearing new looks, today we’re to house the first ever College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the entire South South Zone, the health insurance has finally become a success story and Cross Riverians will start taking up services in August. Your Excellency the achievements are just too numerous to mention and as such we’ve come to say thank you for supporting and believing in us while reassuring you that we’ll keep doing more to see that we all finish strong.”

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Margaret Mombel Opiah, thanked His Excellency for finding the team worthy of this enormous assignment while expressing satisfaction on the level of commitment demonstrated by the Governor as it concerns the health of Cross Riverians. She went further on behalf of the Governing Council and the Management team of the College to express her profound gratitude to the Governor for the level of transformation, direction and support in turning around the health care sector in the state.

“Cross River has successfully upgraded the School of Nursing to a College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in line with the 2023 deadline given by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) and also achieved approval and accreditation from regulatory bodies to commence operations as a College leading to the award of ND/HND to graduates. Due to the digital and radical reformation of the health sector under Dr Betta Edu’s watch we’re proud to inform you that all is well. Today, Cross River State now house the Zonal Office of the NMCN for ease of regulation of nursing practices, education and other related matters for professionals.”, she said.

Also in the team were the Provost of the College, Mrs. Ruth Ebong, The Director Nursing Services, Cross River State Ministry of Health, Dr. Pauline Obute and the State Chairperson of NANNM Cross River State, Comrade Nurse Josephine Ikpeme Bassey.

They all used the opportunity to Congratulate the Governor for his innovation in the health sector, especially the deployment of drones to deliver drugs and medical consumables of low density to hard-to-reach areas and Dr Edu for her result oriented nature.

Highlights of the visit were the presentation of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) approval and accreditation letter to the Governor by the Commissioner for Health and the Chairman of Council, and also the conferment of “Nurses friendly Governor” on Prof. Ayade by the State Chairperson of NANNM.

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