The Akwa Ibom Government has concluded arrangements for the establishment of a degree-awarding college of nursing at Ikot Ekpene, its Commissioner for Health, Dr Emem Bassey, said on Sunday.

Bassey told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo that other schools of nursing in the state would be satellite campuses of the proposed institution.

He said that the executive bill for the project would soon be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for the enactment of the enabling law.

The commissioner said that the proposal was in tune with the current high demand for more qualified nurses in health institutions in the state.

He said that it was also aimed at making nurses in the state eligible to hold higher positions in the health sector.

“In the Federal Civil Service, for instance, if you don’t have a B.Sc in Nursing, you cannot grow beyond the Chief Nursing Officer cadre,”

The commissioner said that the college would be affiliated to the Akwa Ibom State University for the award of degrees.

Bassey said that the state currently had nine schools for the training of health personnel, and that four of them were for midwifery, one for psychiatrics and four for nursing. (NAN)

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