From om Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
The Niger State House of Assembly has frowned at the proliferation of sub-standard health institutions in the state.
This was sequel to a motion moved by Hon. AbdulRahman Bala Gambo, member representing Borgu Constituency during plenary on Tuesday.
Hon. AbdulRahman Bala informed the House that healthcare professionals need to stay updated with the lastest medical advancements, and evidence based practices to ensure delivery of highest standard of care to patients.
The legislator said: “The situation is alarming and need urgent intervention by not only the government but all stakeholders just as the lecturers in such schools are not qualified and are producing half-baked students which is dangerous for the profession considering its importance”.
He emphasized the importance of maintaining high standards to prioritize the quality of healthcare education in the state.
“The State Ministry of Tertiary Education keeps giving license for the establishment of so many colleges of health technology and schools of nursing in the state without appropriately scrutinizing their compliance”, Hon.Gambo said.
“The number of these colleges of health technology and schools of nursing in Niger State cannot be accounted for,”he added.
He urged the House to mandate the executive arm of government to compel the State Ministry of Tertiary Education to collaborate with Ministry of Health to provide and enforce minimum standards for the establishment and operation of colleges of health technology and schools of nursing in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Barr. AbdulMalik Mohammed Sarkin Daji, who presided over the sitting advised that motion be referred to the committee health and education for better scrunting and report back to the House in two weeks’ time.
In another development, the Niger State House of Assembly has approved 10 additional special advisers to be appointed by Governor Umar Mohammed Bago.
The Governor, in a letter to the Speaker of the House said in compliance with Section 196 of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (amended) requested for the consent and approval of the House to appoint special advisers.
The Governor explained in the letter that this will fast track government activities and implementation of the mandate of his administration.
The Voice had earlier reported that the Niger State House of Assembly had approved 20 special advisers for the state governor on 14th June, 2023.