We will continue to prioritize Education Development – Gov. Bello pledges


…As College of Nursing, Midwifery, Obangede graduates 1,069 students.

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

GOVERNOR Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has described Education as a significant asset for nation-building and pledged his administration’s commitment to continue to prioritize its development in the state.

Bello made the pledge at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony of Kogi State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Obangede, Okehi Local Government Area of the State on Saturday.

The Governor reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the sustenance of its stance on prioritizing educational development in the State in view of its crucial role in nation-building.

Bello commended the management of the institution for the remarkable progress and visible improvements in the school as he recalled the challenging conditions the institution faced operating from a bungalow as at the time he assumed office in 2015.

The governor felt elated that under his administration, the school had witnessed substantial growth, including the construction of classrooms, hostels, laboratories, and faculty buildings as well as full accreditation of the institution’s courses.

Bello congratulated the 1,069 graduating students of the institution and urged them to focus on acquiring practical skills and not to solely rely on academic qualifications.

Earlier, Provost of the college, Mrs Hannah Abraham, credited the governor for the improved rating of the institution and successes recorded, including attained academic excellence.

The Provost highlighted the institution’s achievements to include high academic excellence, physical infrastructure development, staff training and improved welfare among others.

She noted that these would not have been possible without the state government’s substantial investments in the College under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello.

Abraham noted that all the courses being run by the institution had received an full accreditation, making Kogi State College of Nursing and Midwifery in Obangede a sought-after nursing school in Nigeria.

She further noted that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has granted approval for the college to offer the Higher National Diploma (HND) program in Nursing, adding that the course was already underway.

The Provost said that to ensure that only qualified and quality students are admitted, the admission process has always been through the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB).

She highlighted the resolution of the hitherto longstanding challenge of hostel accommodation through renovation of existing structures and the construction of new ones.

Abraham commended Governor Bello for his “substantial investments” in education sector, spanning from primary to tertiary levels.