Mrs. Tessy Onwuka, the Principal of the State School of Nursing, Agbor, has revealed that the institution would soon become a degree awarding institution.
This statement was made by the School Principal on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 during the cultural day celebration of the school organized by the Students Union Government marking the Day 4 of the 2019 Students Union Week.
In a speech delivered by the State School of Nursing Principal, she said that the school was established in 1981 under the government of Late Chief Ambrose Ali in the then Bendel State. She disclosed that the school was granted full accreditation in the year 1982 and Delta State took over the affairs of the school after the State was created in 1991.
The Principal, Mrs Onwuka also expressed her displeasure about when the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) during the resource verification visit in the year 2012 withdrew the full accreditation status of the school while the school maintained that status for three solid years.
Mrs. Onwuka said, “In the year 2015 when this present school administration came on board, after carefully studying the deficiency report of 2012 of the NMCN we did a lot to remedy the challenges.”
She further stated it was in 2015 that the NMCN made another resource verification visit to the school and the school was granted partial accreditation with the capacity of admitting about 30 students which served as a relieve for the school after three years without admission.
The School Principal also commended the current government of Delta State led by Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for being very supportive. She said under Gov. Okowa’s administration, that the School’s hostels, auditorium, ICT rooms, tutors offices, were completed and furnished, and more books were donated to the School Library.
The Principal further stated that it was in 2017 when another resource verification team visited, that the school was finally granted full accreditation with an admission quota of 75 students.
Seeing the massive improvements in the State School of Nursing in all spheres, the NMCN advised that the school should be upgraded to HND status.
Mrs. Onwuka said that recently the NMCN has released a white paper on Nursing Education Reforms which states that all hospital based nursing training schools should be upgraded to university.
The Principal said the processing is in progress with the final draft written for the Governor’s assent and at the completion of the process, the State School of Nursing would become a degree awarding institution.