The administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun and that of his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have exchanged phrases over the accreditation of the nursing faculties and midwifery in Ogun State, DAILY POST experiences.
On Wednesday, the Abiodun authorities had claimed that it, for the primary time in 45 years, secured full accreditation for the nursing faculties and midwifery in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Ilaro, from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
Nevertheless, the fast previous administration described the declare as “lies”, saying the accreditation was executed in 2017.
The incumbent Commissioner for Well being, Tomi Coker, had mentioned the complete accreditation was “the primary of its sort within the 45 years historical past of the State”, saying it “got here with an improve of the colleges of Nursing and Midwifery to Collegiate.”
Addressing a press convention in Abeokuta, Coker, mentioned the Abiodun authorities dedicated N125 million to renovate and supply trendy coaching services within the nursing faculties to satisfy the necessities of NMCN.
She identified that the improve of the colleges to Collegiate had resulted within the change of its title to Ogun State Faculties of Nursing Sciences, thereby rising the quota admission of scholars by 60%.
“The final accreditation crew was in Ogun State in 2017 whereby we received provisional accreditation, which had been the development within the historical past of our Faculties of Nursing and Midwifery.
“The 2-year expiration for all the colleges was in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic, nonetheless, made it inconceivable for the NMCN accreditation train in 2020. Therefore, the train passed off in July 2021,” Coker asserted.
However, in a swift response, the fast previous Commissioner for Well being, Babatunde Ipaye debunked his successor’s claims in a press release he titled, ‘Ogun State Faculty of Nursing Accreditation – The lies of Dapo Abiodun’s administration on 45 years and full accreditation‘.
Ipaye advised Coker that, “to utter such an unverified assertion is to abridge the labour of our leaders previous.”
He mentioned: “On the tenth July 2017, the delegations of the Nursing Council of Nigeria visited all of the 5 faculties (3 Nursing and a pair of Midwifery) in Ogun State. The 5 faculties got accreditations and the numbers of scholars accepted for admission doubled.
“Previous to this, the three faculties had been shut down and had been below lock and subsequently had not educated nurses for years.
“After the visitation, the accreditation crew described the varsity of Midwifery Abeokuta as the most effective and most outfitted in Nigeria.
“The invoice to transform the colleges to schools of Nursing was handed by the seventh Meeting of Ogun State below Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the Invoice was signed into regulation in 2017 previous to the accreditation go to by the Nursing Council.
“The Hon. Commissioner that declared arrogantly that the colleges had existed for 45 years with out full accreditation ought to make public the invoice that converts these faculties to diploma awarding establishments.
“She also needs to inform the general public how she received entry to Mr. Ndagi of the Nursing Council who solely allowed her leverage on the power of the connection already constructed with the Ibikunle Amosun administration.
“The faculties of Nursing Idi Aba and Ijebu Ode had been two of the most effective in South West Nigeria from the second Republic of the Chief Bisi Onanbanjo by to the administration of Chief. Segun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Senator Ibikunle Amosun. To utter such an unverified assertion is to abridge the labour of our leaders previous.
“I’m advised the previous college students affiliation has a response to this stunning assertion.”
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