Enugu state College of Nursing  Science to commence admission in October, 2024

The newly upgraded Enugu state College of Nursing  Science,  Park Lane and Awgu campuses will commence admission into various programs for the 2024/2025 academic session in October,2024.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Health matters, Dr. Yomi Jaye disclosed that Tuesday,, while speaking with newsmen on the outcome of the Stakeholders’ meeting held on Tuesday July 3,2024 in Government House,, Enugu.

Pix-The stakeholders

He said   the College had gotten approval and they had to begin with the Enugu state College of Nursing and  proper registration and accreditation of Department of Nursing at Agbani .

On the level of their preparedness to take off as a College, Dr. Jaye said , “We felt it is not good to sleep on those steps that we had taken. We need to initiate steps to make them real 

 “The Registrar of  the Nigerian Nursing and Midwifery Council  had given us a directive and  said,” Go ahead, we support you ,we like the enthusiasm of your team, we like the commitment of His Excellency, move in, go and do your admission, go and begin the process.”.

Pix- Dr. Yomi Jaye, SPA to the Governor on Health

” So we decided to bring in all players together and give them specific assignments and that our first admission, first matriculation, to thrive and is going to kick off by  the end of October, 2024. Other states are closing their admission 

Dr. Jaye said the meeting  with  six top staff of the College of Nursing (Awgu and  Parklane campuses was to 

discuss the newly approved student intake increase to 150 students in each campus;, to collaboratively determine key dates for academic activities (Registration, Post-UTME and Matriculation),; to address logistics concerns regarding student accommodation, staffing, uniforms, and human resource needs.

He disclosed that  they deliberated on  issues of  registration and  Post-Utme 

resumption  and  matriculation date, 

Staffing and Human resources (home sisters) Classrooms and Accommodation; Completion of ongoing buildings; Uniform to be worn, Partnerships with individuals and organizations.

Pix- Meeting

According to the Special Adviser, on registration and Post-UTME:, the meeting resolved that  a  dedicated, simple online platform will be established to register and schedule Post-UTME exams. This will allow for a streamlined process and provide transparency to applicants regarding their allocated exam date and time. 

On Matriculation, it was agreed that to mark a significant milestone and create a lasting impression on the incoming class, a grand matriculation ceremony is scheduled for latest, last week of October. 

“This strategic timing allows ample time for the successful completion of the admissions process and provides a natural breakpoint before the academic session commences”, he said.

On Manpower/Staffing, the stakeholders noted the need for additional faculty and support staff to maintain quality education for the larger student body was identified. 

They  said the Human Resources Manager will assess staffing requirements and present a recruitment plan for approval within two weeks, and home sisters initially terminated be recalled.

On Classrooms and  accommodation, the meeting  noted the need for provision of  more classrooms with tables and chairs and securing additional accommodation.

The  stakeholders expressed the need for an implemented enabling law to quicken the recruitment process for the college. 

“This law grants the college the relevant enabling power related to recruitment, e.g., the authority to offer competitive salaries and benefits packages that are not limited by standard public employee salary structures).

“Utilizing this provision could allow the college to attract a wider pool of qualified nursing professionals by offering more competitive compensation, ” they said.

The stakeholders agreed on partnership, with private and public sectors, saying Partnering  with  individuals and organizations would provide valuable support in various forms, such as Scholarship opportunities for incoming nursing students, and donations of medical equipment or supplies to enhance the college’s and facilities.

 They said a preliminary list of suitable organizations to initiate partnership discussions will be sorted out.

The stakeholders agreed to reduce the cut-off mark, recruit more staff across board with retainment of Home sisters, 

More faculty chairs in CBT , as well as  transporting of students in Coliery to and from school.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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