By Francis Offionor
The Principal Officers of the Colleges of Nursing/Midwifery Sciences in Calabar and Obudu have been inaugurated by Dr Janet Ekpeyong, the Cross River State Commissioner of Health.
The Chairman of the Governing Council, Provosts, and Registrars of the two newly recognised Colleges in the State were introduced, made acquainted with one another, and inaugurated at the ceremony, which took place at the Cross River State Ministry of Health Office in Calabar, the State capital.
In her remarks, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, thanked the newly appointed officers and urged them to continue their previous commitment to service and selflessness in their new positions.
Dr Ekpenyong commended Governor Ben Ayade for considering these nominations quickly and for all of his work to ensure that these colleges are fully berthed and move toward institutional accreditation.
The National Board Of Technical Education (NBTE) and Nursing and Midwifery Council Of Nigeria (NMCN) accreditation status is set to expire in 2023, and the commissioner instructed the officers to work diligently to ensure they reach and meet it.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Pauline Obute, also spoke. She stated that this development will mark the beginning of the process leading to the institutions achieving the full status necessary to grant ND/HND degrees in Nursing/Midwifery Sciences to Nigerians and Cross Riverians who are interested in pursuing this career path.
Dr Christy Ekpe Essien, the Chairman of the Governing Council for Calabar, and Mrs Mary Otumonye Esuku, the Chairman of the Governing Council for Obudu, are the newly appointed officers.
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Mr Ojong Umagu Woda, Registrar College of Nursing/Midwifery Sciences, Calabar; Mrs. Dorathy Njijie Afu; Dr Victoria Undeshi, Provost Nursing/Midwifery Sciences Obudu; Mrs Joy Nelson Obeten, Provost Nursing/Midwifery Sciences, Calabar; and Mr Victoria Undeshi, Provost Nursing/Midwifery Sciences Obudu were
Dr Victoria Undeshi, the provost of the College of Nursing/Midwifery Sciences in Obudu, responded on behalf of the appointees. She thanked the Commissioner for her warm welcome and refuted claims that the government was trying to revive nursing programmes that had been shut down, noting that it had now succeeded in adding two more colleges to the one in Itigidi.
Dr Undeshi pledged that everything will be done in an efficient manner to fulfil the deadline for the institutions to receive full accreditation status.