Cross River State Gets First College Of Nursing Sciences In South-South Nigeria, Dr Betta Edu Commends Governor Ben Ayade

The Governing Council and Management team of the College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences Itigidi (CONMSIT), led by the Honourable Commissioner for Health Dr. Betta Edu has paid a special thank you and courtesy visit to His Excellency Senator Prof. Ben Ayade to inform him of the newly attained accreditation status of the first ever College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the South- South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria. Another feather to the cap of the Cross River State Health Sector led by Dr Betta Edu.

The Governor of Cross River state, Sen. Ben Ayade while receiving the Accreditation and the delegates in his office conveyed his satisfaction and commended the Honourable Commissioner for health, Dr Betta Edu, the governing council and management team alongside other stakeholders for not failing in their responsibility, but delivered the mandate bestowed on them. Adding that he is impressed at the speed at which things are achieved in the health sector. Ayade further assured the team of his unrestrained support and promise to the maiden College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the South-South Geopolitical Zone a Model and a Citadel of professional and academic excellence.

"I had great confidence in Dr Betta Edu when I appointed her Commissioner for Health as I knew she'll give me the expected result, the Council has done a great job and am very proud of this huge achievement. For this record-breaking achievement, issues bothering this Council will be looked into and given speedy attention."

Reacting, the Commissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu appreciated the governor for giving precedence to the health sector and supporting the accreditation process. 

"Cross Riverians are blessed to have you as their Governor Your Excellency, in your administration the health sector has always come first and so is the health of every cross riverian. You've made us record outstanding successes by supporting us morally, intellectually and financially.”


"We couldn't have come this far without your exceptional Leadership, today because of your fatherly support and tireless effort our health sector is ranked top on many fonts, all our Schools and Colleges have gained full accreditation with an increased benchmark in intake of students, our General Hospitals across the State are wearing new looks, today we're to house the first ever College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the entire South South Zone, the health insurance has finally become a success story and Cross Riverians will start taking up services in August. Your Excellency the achievements are just too numerous to mention and as such we've come to say thank you for supporting and believing in us while reassuring you that we'll keep doing more to see that we all finish strong." She added.

In her remarks, the Chairman of the Governing Council Dr. Margaret Mombel Opiah appreciated the governor for deeming the team fit to execute this huge task and expressed her satisfaction on the governor’s commitment and concerns towards the health of Cross Riverians and thanked him for supporting and transforming the health sector in the state. 

In line with the 2023 deadline given by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Cross River State has successfully elevated the School of Nursing to a College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences also achieved endorsement and accreditation from Regulatory Bodies to begin operations as a college leading to the award of ND/HND to graduates of the College. Today, Cross River State now house the Zonal Office of the NMCN for ease of regulation of Nursing practices, education and other related matters for professionals.

Highpoints of the visit was the presentation of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Approval and Accreditation Letter to His Excellency by the CRS Commissioner for Health and Chairman of Council Dr. Margaret M. Opiah and also an Award presentation as "Nurses friendly Governor” on His Excellency by the State Chairperson of NANNM CRSC Comrade Josepine Ikpeme Bassey.

Members of the team included the Provost of College (CONMSIT) Mrs. Ruth Ebong, The Director Nursing Services CRSMOH Dr. Pauline Obute and the State Chairperson of NANNM CRS Comrade Nurse Josephine Ikpeme Bassey. And they unanimoursely Congratulate the Governor, for his novelty in the health sector especially the deployment of Drones to deliver drugs and medical consumables of low density to hard-to-reach areas and Dr Edu for her result-oriented nature.

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