After 45 years of its establishment, Ogun Nursing Schools get full accreditation - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

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After 45 years of its establishment, Ogun Nursing Schools get full accreditation

... to be upgraded to HND award institution

By Our Correspondent



The Ogun State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery spread across Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Ilaro have been given full accreditation status by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria ( NMCN).


The feat which is the first of its kind in the 45 years history of the state came with an upgrade of the schools of Nursing and Midwifery to Collegiate.


Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led government had from its first day in office conceived the vision of making health attractive to all, noting that the priority of the present administration was to acquire full accreditation for all schools of Nursing and Midwifery across the state.


Coker said, the nomenclature of the schools would be changed to Ogun State School of Nursing Sciences, following the approval of NMCN for the schools to go collegiate.


The commissioner disclosed that, the accreditation followed total renovation and upgrading of the schools, located in Abeokuta, the state capital, Ijebu-Ode and Ilaro areas of the state.


She said, the accreditation team of NMCN had visited the schoole for accreditation in July after a provisional accreditation by the council in 2017 expired in 2019.


According to her, governor Dapo Abiodun had released N125 million for comprehensive renovation and provision of modern training facilities in the schools of Nursing and Midwifery in fulfilment of the requirements of NMCN.


Coker noted that, the accreditation was in fulfilment of Abiodun - led administration to provision of affordable, quantitative education.


Her words, "There are ongoing efforts with the Ministry of Education to conclude the approval of the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) which will enable the college to award Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma (OND/HND) academic certificates to students.


"Our Schools of Nursing and Midwifery are among the most sought after in Nigeria and our graduates have enviable records of excellence in various parts of the country with high recruitment rate in the Diaspora.


"Nonetheless, the Ogun State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in its 45 years of existence has been working towards full accreditation to no avail. 


"The various accreditation exercises carried out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) in the past had ended in partial accreditation as necessary infrastructure was absent.