From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello over the weekend at Obangede restated his administration’s commitment to the development of education in Kogi State.
Governor Bello who gave the assurance at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony of the Kogi State College of Nursing and Midwifery in Obangede, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State described education as a significant asset to the state.
While congratulating the graduating students, the Governor emphasised the crucial role of education in nation-building and urged them to focus on acquiring practical skills, not solely relying on academic qualifications.
He affirmed that his administration would maintain its prioritisation of educational development in Kogi State.
Governor Bello commended the management of the institution for the remarkable progress and visible infrastructural development in the school.
He recalled the challenging conditions the institution faced when he assumed office in 2016, operating out of a bungalow.
However, under his leadership, the school has witnessed substantial growth, including the construction of classrooms, hostels, laboratories, and faculty buildings.
Earlier, the provost of the college, Mrs. Hannah Abraham, highlighted the school’s achievements, encompassing academic excellence, physical infrastructural development, staff training, and welfare.
Mrs. Abraham, credited the governor for the improved rating of the institution and successes recorded, including academic excellence, noting that these would not have been possible without the state government’s substantial investments in the institution.
She noted that all courses at the institution had received accreditation, making Kogi State College of Nursing and Midwifery in Obangede a sought-after nursing school in Nigeria.
She pointed out that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) granted approval for the Kogi State College of Nursing and Midwifery in Obangede to offer the Higher National Diploma (HND) program in Nursing, which is already underway.
To ensure the quality of incoming students, the admission process has since been through the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB).
She highlighted the resolution of the longstanding challenge of hostel accommodation, with renovations to existing structures and the construction of new ones.
About 1,069 students took part in the Convocation ceremony on Sunday, September 9, after completing their studies.