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Niger Senators, firm, partner to provide facilities at 3 state nursing schools –Provost

Senators representing Niger at the National Assembly, and an Energy Firm, have pledged to develop new facilities and rehabilitate existing ones at the state’s three Schools of Nursing.

Hajiya Aisha Maikudi, Provost, Niger State College of Nursing Sciences, School of Midwifery, disclosed this, on Thursday, in Minna.

Maikudi said that the measure was to rescue the three schools of nursing in Minna, Kontagora and Bida, from inadequate and dilapidated facilities.

“We are in dire need of office and hostel accommodation in the three schools, to facilitate learning. This is why we reached out to these spirited individuals and the company to come to our rescue,” she said.

The provost said that the lawmakers promised to construct new structures and rehabilitate existing ones in any of the schools.

The lawmakers are: Alhaji Sani Musa, (Niger East), Alhaji Mohammed Enagi, (Niger South) and Alhaji Sabi Abdullahi, (Niger North).

“The management of the schools approached the senators to assist in fixing some of the infrastructure and they all agreed. In fact one of them has already carried out the feasibility survey of the project to be executed,” she said.

The Provost also said that the management approached a Kontagora-based Energy Firm, and they had also promised to provide a modern administrative block and student hostel at the new school of nursing in the town.

She said that the management took the decision to reach out to people outside, due to the inability of the government to meet all the demands of the institutions.

“Inadequate facilities have not allowed us to admit the huge number of candidates applying for admission in the state,” she said, explaining that the state would require six additional schools of nursing in order to meet the demand for admission  from the public.

“The International standard is one nurse per four patients in every health facility. Already, two private companies have begun the process of constructing nursing schools in the state,” she said.

She said that the schools in Bida and Minna had full accreditation for all their programmes, adding that provisional accreditation had also been granted for the school in Kontagora, which had just taken off.

“Our demonstration room is one of the best in Nigeria today because it is well equipped, making our products to perform well within and outside the country,” she said.

The Provost appealed to parents to allow their children, especially the girl child, to take up nursing as a career, where they were assured of getting employed upon graduation. (NAN)

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