Abiodun, Amosun govts clash over Ogun nursing schools

  The administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun and that of his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have exchanged words over the accreditati...

 

The administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun and that of his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have exchanged words over the accreditation of the nursing schools and midwifery in Ogun State.

On Wednesday, the Abiodun government had claimed that it, for the first time in 45 years, secured full accreditation for the nursing schools and midwifery in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Ilaro, from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

However, the immediate past administration described the claim as “lies”, saying the accreditation was done in 2017.

The incumbent Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker, had said the full accreditation was “the first of its kind in the 45 years history of the State”, saying it “came with an upgrade of the schools of Nursing and Midwifery to Collegiate.”

Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, Coker, said the Abiodun government committed N125 million to renovate and provide modern training facilities in the nursing schools to fulfill the requirements of NMCN.

She pointed out that the upgrade of the schools to Collegiate had resulted in the change of its name to Ogun State Schools of Nursing Sciences, thereby increasing the quota admission of students by 60%.

“The last accreditation team was in Ogun State in 2017 wherein we got provisional accreditation, which had been the trend in the history of our Schools of Nursing and Midwifery.

“The two-year expiration for all the schools was in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, made it impossible for the NMCN accreditation exercise in 2020. Hence, the exercise took place in July 2021,” Coker asserted.

But, in a swift reaction, the immediate past Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye debunked his successor’s claims in a statement he titled, ‘Ogun State School of Nursing Accreditation – The lies of Dapo Abiodun’s administration on 45 years and full accreditation‘.

Ipaye told Coker that, “to utter such an unverified statement is to abridge the labour of our leaders past.”

He said: “On the 10th July 2017, the delegations of the Nursing Council of Nigeria visited all the five schools (3 Nursing and 2 Midwifery) in Ogun State. The five schools were given accreditations and the numbers of students approved for admission doubled.

“Prior to this, the three schools had been shut down and were under lock and therefore had not trained nurses for years.

“After the visitation, the accreditation team described the school of Midwifery Abeokuta as the best and most equipped in Nigeria.

“The bill to convert the schools to colleges of Nursing was passed by the 7th Assembly of Ogun State under Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the Bill was signed into law in 2017 prior to the accreditation visit by the Nursing Council.

“The Hon. Commissioner that declared arrogantly that the schools had existed for 45 years without full accreditation should make public the bill that converts these schools to degree awarding institutions.

“She should also tell the public how she got access to Mr. Ndagi of the Nursing Council who only allowed her leverage on the strength of the relationship already built with the Ibikunle Amosun administration.

“The schools of Nursing Idi Aba and Ijebu Ode were two of the best in South West Nigeria from the second Republic of the Chief Bisi Onanbanjo through to the administration of Chief. Segun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Senator Ibikunle Amosun. To utter such an unverified statement is to abridge the labour of our leaders past.

“I am told the old students association has a response to this shocking statement.”

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