The World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Union (EU) have supported College of Nursing and Midwifery, Maiduguri, Borno to gain full accreditation by donating some modern equipment to the college.
The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, disclosed this in a statement posted on its website.
It stated that the college had secured full accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, which is the regulatory body.
The world body noted that “the accreditation came 40 years after inception and made possible with recent donation of modern equipment and tools by WHO and funding support from the EU.
“Items donated include laboratory equipment, classroom furniture, library books, practical teaching tools, hospital beds and computers.
“Students and staff of the institution say the equipment made teaching and learning a lot easier and friendly.”
The WHO quoted the Provost of the college, Hajiya Rukaiya Shettima, as saying: “I have the opportunity to share two distinct yet complementary experiences of this school.
“One, as a student nurse in the then School of Nursing and now as a staff, in fact, the provost of the school, now College of Nursing and Midwifery.
“Although the School of Nursing was established in 1971 by the defunct government of northern Nigeria, I gained admission to study nursing in 1981.
“As a student nurse in the 1980s, I still recall how we struggled to memorise procedures, role-play steps and imagine practical approaches for activities we hadn’t adequate equipment for practical.
“Despite the challenges, studying nursing in this school back in the 1980s was fun and a privilege, yet more arduous.”
Without full accreditation, the school was limited to a sparse curriculum and few students.
“The school hadn’t full accreditation from Nigerian Nursing Council and admitted just a few students due to inadequate facilities and teaching staff.
“Although we did well for many years in national and international examinations, it took uncommon dedication and commitment to succeed,” the Provost added.
Accreditation ensures the same standards and criteria across all nursing programmes in Nigeria, irrespective of location, while ultimately improving the quality of nursing education and keeps the curriculum up to date on current trends in nursing and healthcare, the provost added.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Mobile Police Training School, not personal asset of I-G – Police
The Police say the Mobile Police Training School in Nasarawa State was a national security legacy project and not a personal asset of the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mba said establishing the school in Endehu, Nasarawa State, was informed by overriding national security consideration on the need to strengthen the operational capacity of the special forces of the Nigeria Police Force.
He said that the IGP had not used his office to threaten Mobile Police Commanders into generating millions of naira monthly through illegal means for the project.
”It is on record that the parcel of land where the institution was sited was donated to the Police with the full complement of the Certificate of Occupancy by the Governor of Nasarawa State.
“The acquisition of the land was, therefore, without any financial commitment by the Police.
”The construction of the facility was achieved with the support of the Nasarawa State Government and well-meaning corporate bodies within the context of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
”All the support so extended were not in cash but in form of donation of materials,” he said.
Mba said that the only involvement of some Squadron Commanders was to ensure the delivery of some of the construction materials so donated by the corporate bodies.
He said the construction of the project through corporate intervention was a demonstration of the commitment of the Force leadership to meet its obligations to citizens.
According to him, this is not the first time corporate organisations and governments at all levels are assisting the police to bridge operational and infrastructural gaps.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
CAS task NAF cadets on core values of integrity, service before self
Abubakar gave the charge on Tuesday night during the regimental Dinner of Direct Short Service, Course 29, at the Military Training Centre NAF base Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that regimental dinner was a military tradition worldwide aimed at inculcating one of the rich mess etiquette in officers in order to maintain regimentation and comradeship among other military ethics and tradition.
Abubakar reminded the cadets of vision of the NAF as they looked forward to passing out and begin your service to our fatherland as commissioned officers.
“To reposition the NAF into highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiative for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in responsive to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.
According to him, this is particularly important as the country, in recent time, has witnessed a wide range of security challenges that have stretched the capacity of the armed forces and other security agencies.
Abubakar said the armed forces, particularly NAF, had been involved in operation aimed at finding lasting solution to some of these security challenges.
He added that NAF has also been involved in community out-reach programmes to demonstrate a human approach to finding lasting solution to some of the security challenges.
“As you pass out from training to become commissioned officers, most of you will be assigned various duties in order to restore peace to our nation.
“Such duties will not only require professional competences, but also your ability to lead men in the field.
“Military profession is all about leadership and command, as young officers, you will realise that your men depend on you for inspiration.
“You are, therefore, to ensure that you show good example in both your personal qualities and abilities.
“This can only be achieved by ability to apply NAF core values of integrity, first excellence in all we do and service before self,’’ he said.
Abubakar charged the cadets to always ensure that equipment and resources that would be put at their disposal were maintained and judiciously utilised.
NAN report that the passing out parade of the cadets would be held on Aug. 8.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria’s total hits 44,433 as NCDC announces 304 new cases, 910 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Tuesday.
According to it, as of Aug. 4, 14 deaths were recorded in the country.
Till date, 44,433 cases have been confirmed out of which 31,851 cases have been discharged and 910 deaths recorded nationwide.
Others were Edo (6), Bauchi (4), Kwara (4), Ogun (4), Osun (4), Bayelsa (3), Plateau (3), Niger (3), Nasarawa (2) and Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the agency warned that the coronavirus does not care if a person ‘believe’ in use of face masks or not.
“You may not believe in the virus, but the virus sure believes in you.
“Do not wear masks with valves.
“Why? Because a valve acts as an open doorway, allowing your breath to leave the mask and putting those around you at risk of catching COVID-19.
“Again, there are many ways to wear a mask incorrectly, but only one way to maximise protection; wear a well-fitted mask with gaps.
“Check if your mask fit before going outside, it is really simple.
“Step 1, inhale: Your mask should pull on your face.
“Step 2, exhale: Your mask should expand.
“Step 3, check leaks: There should be no major leaks.
“Readjust your mask if there are leaks for best protection, your mask should fit well,’’ it advised.
“Even if you wear protective mask in public, it is important that you also use other preventive measures, stay at least two metres away from other people.
“Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
“Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; cover your coughs and sneezes.’’
It, however, said that coronavirus could not overwhelm Nigerians.
“There’s an end; let’s just do the needful,’’ it stated.
The figures have reduced significantly over the past seven days with the lowest figure over this timeline, being 288 recorded on Aug. 3.
Between June and July, new cases had risen to as high as 790 on July 1.
With the recent trend, the case rate is slowing down in the country.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
MNJTF assures surrendered Boko Haram terrorists of humane treatment
Yusuf made the promise in a statement by Col. Timothy Antigha, MNJTF Chief of Military Public Information on Tuesday in N’Djamena, Chad.
He was quoted to have given the assurance during an interaction with the surrendered fighters in Mora, Extreme North Region, Cameroun.
He said that the Boko Haram /ISWAP idea was misplaced and orchestrated by few misguided individuals who desired to inflict suffering on millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin, for their own selfish and personal interests.
He said that countries affected by Boko Haram insurgency had developed their respective Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Resettlement () programmes to address the peculiar challenges introduced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Commander urged them to encourage their former colleagues and friends who are still in the bush to come out and surrender.
In his reaction, the spokesperson of the group (name with held) commended MNJTF authorities for accommodating and catering for them and their families.
The spokesperson noted that contrary to a widely held opinion that fighters who surrendered are being killed, members of his group are safe.
According to the representative, their commanders told them that they will be killed if they surrender.
”But here we are being treated like human beings,” the spokesperson said.
The representative expressed regret over the atrocities that they were misled to commit and prayed for forgiveness.
The statement noted that the Force Commander also used the opportunity to operationalise the EU funded direct supply of Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants to Sector 1 of the MNJTF.
”It will be recalled that fortnight ago, the MNJTF launched the programme in Sector 4 Diffa (Niger Republic).
“All sectors of the MNJTF are benefiting from the EU intervention,” it added.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)