• We’ll give residents guaranteed future –Dep gov
From Tony Osauzo, Benin
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has promised his administration will work with the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) to secure accreditation for the state’s School of Nursing and Midwifery before October.
The governor made the promise when he hosted executive members of the state branch of the association in Government House, Benin.
Obaseki, who also promised to set up a committee to work on the modalities for accomplishing the task, reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the school meet international standards, and added that his administration will collaborate with members of NANNM to make Edo a hub for nursing and midwifery.
“I want us to build a world-class nursing school. When we reposition the school, we will be able to train our people to address quackery and raise health standards. Work is ongoing to reposition the healthcare system in the state. We are working on domesticating the health care bill focusing on primary health care system. We will do the right thing to put Edo State back on track in terms of health and this will provide more jobs,” the governor said.
In her remarks, Catherine Eseine, who led the delegation, assured the governor that his election meant he had the trust and confidence of the people of Edo, while also assuring him of the association’s unflinching support and loyalty for his administration. She, however, highlighted some of the union’s challenges, including promotion of workers, quackery and discrimination. On promotion of workers, the governor said the issue would be handled through the office of the Head of Service, Mrs Gladys Idahor.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has restated the commitment of the administration towards the provision of quality public school infrastructure even as priority will be accorded skills acquisition by government for a guaranteed future for the citizens. The deputy governor made this assertion at the commissioning of a block of three classrooms at Agbazi Primary School, Agbabu-Ekperi in Etsako Central Local Government Area – built by a lawmaker representing Etsako Central Constituency, Damian Lawani.
He said it was the duty of any responsible government to provide the basic necessities of life for the people.
“The current administration, under governor Obaseki, is determined to consolidate on the gains of the immediate past administration of governor Adams Oshiomhole.
“We will continue to build more schools but more importantly, we are interested in our people acquiring the necessary skills in addition to quality education so that they can have a guaranteed future,” he said.
In his address, Lawani said he was motivated to build the block of classrooms because the community had been neglected by successive administration for a long time and added that the project was in fulfilment of his campaign promises to the people.