The schools of Nursing and Midwifery located in Makurdi, Benue State Capital, North Central, Nigeria have been upgraded to degree awarding institutions.
Governor Samuel Ortom who announced this while receiving the principals, staff and students of the two schools, on a gratitude visit for giving a face lift to the institutions, also promised to expand the scope of the schools through the provision of more structures and facilities.
He said the schools were very strategic to the state’s quest for improved health care services and explained that degree holders from the institution would easily be absorbed into the public and private health sectors.
Governor Ortom urged the members of the Benue State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off its strike as the state government was making efforts to resolve issues concerning their unpaid earned allowances.
He particularly appealed to the lecturers to consider the difficult economic situation in the country, pointing out that “no sacrifice would be too small at the time that workers at the state level are being owed salaries for four months’’.
The governor maintained that it was because of the importance attached to the university that salaries are regularly paid to the staff and urged the striking lecturers to show more understanding.
Earlier, the Principals of the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Pauline Atser and Margaret Onuh, told Governor Ortom that their visit was to show appreciation for his efforts in ensuring the re-accreditation of the two schools by the Nursing Council of Nigeria.
The principals also expressed appreciation to the governor for giving approval for the recruitment of new staff and noted that his promise of upgrading the institution to degree awarding status had boosted their morale.