By Amen Gajira
The Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery has appealed to the state government to ensure its full accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The overseer of the Kafanchan campus of the school, Mr Ephraim Dyages, told News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kafanchan that the college risked being closed over lack of full accreditation.
“We are calling on the state government to assist us in every way they can so that this school will not be closed down because of lack of full accreditation.
“We know the government is trying but it can do better because we are in a very critical situation as it is right now,” he added
Dyages stated that the college had been operating for 42 years on provisional accreditation, saying it was not healthy and ideal for an institution that had existed that long to operate without full accreditation.
According to him, inadequate staffing and facilities were the main factors hindering the institution from gaining full accreditation.
“What is stopping us from getting this full accreditation is inadequate staffing and facilities which are key requirements.
“As you can see, there are many abandoned projects here and until these things are in place, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria won’t grant us full accreditation,” he said
The official noted that the regulatory authorities would come for one more assessment visit after which the school would know its fate.
“There is a circular from the council, that if they come for two consecutive visits and you are not able to meet the requirements for full accreditation, they would withdraw your provisional accreditation.
“So when next they come to our school and we are not able to meet up, they withdraw our accreditation and we’ll have to start all over again,” he added.
He said full accreditation for the college would mean more students being admitted and graduated to cater for the shortage of health personnel in the state.