Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
It was jubilation galore at the Imo State College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State as the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, granted provisional accreditation to the college.
In a letter signed by the Director of Polytechnics, Arc. T.O. Adekunle, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the NBTE, and obtained by The UNION, the board said it had granted the college both institutional and departmental accreditation to function as a full fledged polytechnic.
The letter, copied to the Director-general of the National Youth Service Corps,NYSC, Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for students of tertiary institutions among others, stated that the college had now been upgraded from its obscure status to one being regulated by the NBTE.
Reacting to the development during one of her management/staff/students meetings yesterday, the Provost of the college, Princess NgoziDuru attributed the success of the accreditation to the commitment of Governor RochasOkorocha, who she said saw the upgrading of the college as a task that must be realized in order to give the students a sense of belonging among their peers from other institutions.
She disclosed that the college was expecting full accreditation in no distant time by the NBTE, having also got full accreditation in some departments such as Health Information Management which received three-year full accreditation.
The provost said the successful accreditation was as a result of the numerous facilities the state government installed in the college at both Orlu and Amaigbo campuses, saying the commendation the college received from the over 21 accreditation teams that visited the college showed that Governor Okorocha was really in love with education.
Duru, who said the institution was set to graduate students for HND and send same for National Youths Service Corps programme, said the institution had braced up to produce world class graduates that could compete with the best in the world.
Giving an account of her stewardship, the provost said despite the odds and heavy challenges against her, she had judiciously managed the little resources at her disposal to ensure that the college remained the best in West Africa.
She expressed happiness that her with the upgrading of the college to HND awarding institution, the college was now poised to receive support from such agencies as World Bank, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, corporate bodies and well-wishers to assist in research and to further re-position the college.
Also reacting to the good news, the acting Registrar of the college, Dr. ChumaDuru described the provost as an Amazon and goal-getter who knew how to achieve her goals despite obvious difficulties.
The Public Relations Officer of the college, Barr.EjikeOhaeri thanked Governor Okorocha for appointing Duru as the provost who had changed the history of the college.