Gov Ortom promises to upgrade schools of nursing, midwifery to degree awarding
Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue has promised to provide more structures at the State’s Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi, as part of his administration’s plans toward making the institutions degree awarding.
Ortom made the disclosure on Tuesday in Makurdi while receiving the principals, staff and students of the two schools at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He added that the government would provide more facilities and improve the landscaping in the schools.
Ortom said the schools were strategic to the state’s quest for improved healthcare services, adding that degree holders from the institution would easily be absorbed into the public and private health institutions.
The governor called on the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Benue State University (BSU) Chapter, to call off their strike.
He said that the state government was making efforts to resolve issues concerning their unpaid allowances.
Ortom appealed to the lecturers to consider the difficult economic condition in the country, saying no sacrifice would be too small.
He said it was because of the importance attached to the university that salaries were paid regularly to staff.
Earlier, the principals of the Schools, Mrs Pauline Atser of Nursing and Mrs Margaret Onuh of Midwifery, told Ortom that the visit was to show appreciation for government’s efforts in ensuring the reaccreditation of the two schools.
They also expressed appreciation to the governor for giving approval for the recruitment of staff, noting that his promise to upgrade the institution to degree awarding status had boosted their morale.