By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA — Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has vowed to transform the health institutions in the state, lamenting a situation where students spend 10 years pursing a certificate in the state School of Nursing, Aba.
According to Ikpeazu, due to non-accreditation of the state School of Nursing, Aba, hundreds of students could not graduate after spending 10 years for a course that would ordinarily take three years.
The governor, while inaugurating boards of the Health Management and Local Government Service Commission, as well as a committee to set up a University of Industry, Science and Technology for the state, vowed to end such anomalies.
Saying his administration had begun to correct the anomalies at the school, he announced that the school had regained accreditation with over 400 students indexed from the backlog and promised to see how all the affected students would be indexed by next years.
Governor Ikpeazu said: “Some students nurses enrolled in the school of Nursing, Aba could not pass out for 10 years. It became an issue of disrepute to the State. But today we have started indexing them. Over 400 of them have been indexed and by next year we would have cleared the backlog. Imagine a 20 year old girl using 10 years to pursue a nursing certificate by the time she graduates she will be thirty years; this is unacceptable to the Government. We will fight all manner of sabotage in the institution.”