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Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Provost, Edo State College of Nursing Sciences, Prof. Mrs. Pat Ukaigwe; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, during a meeting on the Edo State College of Nursing Sciences, at the Government House, in Benin City, on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Edo College of Nursing Sciences to be affiliated with FD University, USA

BEINN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Monday, received the letter of approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to commence training of nurses and midwives at the Edo State College of Nursing Sciences in Benin City, Edo State.

Handing the letter over to Obaseki at the Government House in Benin City, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria and the Provost, Edo State College of Nursing Sciences, Prof. Mrs. Pat Ukaigwe, said the College will collaborate with Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States on the programme and certification.

According to Obaseki, the state government’s aim with the institution is to train a workforce for the international market, urging the college’s management to ensure that the quality offered in the Institution must be above the national standard.

Noting that the school’s benchmark should be the premium and premier nursing school in the country, the governor noted: “To achieve this, the Edo State Government is giving you a free hand to operate without interference. We will not interfere but expect great performance from both the professional and management standpoint and expect the school to run according to international best practices.

“We will not interfere but will scrutinize your activities, and if we find anything questionable, we will invite the necessary and relevant security agencies to take charge.”

The provost of the institution, Prof. Mrs. Ukaigwe who commended the Governor for building a world-class nursing school in Edo State, said the management will work round the clock to ensure the school meets international standards.

She noted, “We are working to collaborate with my University abroad where I came from. They supported me during my collaboration in Ghana and in Liberia. I will collaborate with them and the proposal is to co-share the programme and the certificate will read Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, New Jersey.

“We will also seek the permission of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to allow the Institution to be a continuing education provider. This will enable the institution to run multiple programmes including programmes that will help nurses and staff to renew their licenses. Also, we are working to have the school as a centre for international exams and the application is on for them to access the institution.

“We would be in line with guidelines from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, which has given a mandate that, come 2023, all Diploma programmes would adhere to collegiate standards. They gave us two options; the options are to either do HND or a Bachelor’s Degree. Our proposal is to embrace the Bachelor’s Degree option.”

Noting that the institution has zero-tolerance for indiscipline, the Provost said, “To succeed as an institution, we have to run the school as a business, conform to the regulations of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and work to secure the premises and all the equipment in the school.”


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  1. Dr. Gabriel Osaheni Aghedo.

    Dr. Gabriel Osaheni Aghedo on Edo College Of Nursing Sciences to be affiliated with FD University USA.

    Congratulations on all the stakeholders that have brought the Edo College Of Nursing Sciences, Benin-City, into existence!!! It’s already on the right tract!!! It’s already started GREATLY!!! Our excellent His Excellency Godwin (God always wins!!!) Enogheghase Obaseki is certainly matching his words with actions when he said that before the end of his administration in November 2024, he wants to leave behind top WORLD-CLASS INSTITUTIONS that will tremendously contribute to MEGA: Making Edo Great Again and, so, also make Nigeria, Africa and the entire world much healthier, happier, better and more prosperous!!! Yes, CHARITY (LOVE) begins at home; and LOVE is GOD; and GOD is LOVE!!!

    I humbly suggest that a comprehensive Edo Government State University should be hosted in Benin-City by November 2024!!! This suggested University is completely different from the proposed Innovation University that is being intended to be established in Benin-City. Benin-City already has the state institutions that will immediately become part of my suggested University: some of which are:- the new Edo College of Nursing Sciences, the Edo State School of Health Technology, the Chief Odigie-Oyegun Civil Service Training Center can also serve as Chief Odigie-Oyegun College of Public and Business Administration; the Edo College of Sports should be built in Benin-City and our splendid Dr. Ogbemudia Stadium can be used for practical training; the lecture and administrative buildings of an Edo College Forestry and Agriculture can be established as part of the currently planned Agricultural Hub in Benin-City; then various other colleges can be added:- Medicine (various systems of Human Medicine: Allopathic, Holistic/Naturopathic, Traditional etc), Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences, Podiatry, Edo Language and various aspects of Edo Culture, Edoid Languages and various aspects Edoid Cultures, Hotel Management , Restaurant Operation,Catering, Culinary Skills (Cookery), Domestic Science, Tourism, Recreation etc.

    It’s just fair enough that the State Capital (Benin-City) should host a grand Edo State University!!!

    Another fair enough thing is that Edo South should host a grand Comprehensive University which can be located either in Benin-City or any other Edo South town (e.g Idogo, Urhonigbe, Ehor, Iguobazowa, Idogbo, the Edo South Udo, or Ughoton!!! Edo North hosts our great Edo University in Uzaire. Edo Central hosts our our nighty Ali University in Ekpoma. However, Edo South that consists of about 70% (seventy per cent of all Edolites and that has a land mass of about 67% (sixty seven per cent) of the surface area of Edo State, does not host an Edo State University!!! So, please our great Governor Obaseki should ensure that Edo South should host a very great Edo State University before the end of his administration in November 2024!!!

    To recap and point out the importance of my humble suggestions :- 1. As the State Capital, Benin-City should urgently host a grand comprehensive Edo State University that is quite different from the envisioned Innovation University that our great Governor Obaseki wants to build in Benin-City!!! My humbly suggested Univetsity is also different from my humbly suggested “Biggest University in the World” in collaboration
    with the German Government in my write-up about three months ago.

    2. A very great Edo State University should please be urgently established in Edo South!!!

    Thus, at least four new universities should please be established urgently, but latest before November 2024, three of them in Benin-City, and the specific one for Edo South should be either in Benin-City or Ugoneki or any other Edo South Town!!!

    Arise all ye Edos (Edolites), let’s MEGA: Make Edo Great Again!!!

    Win! Win! Win! Good luck, always!!!

    Dr. Gabriel Osaheni Aghedo, a Holistic/Naturopathic Medical Doctor resident in Tokyo, Japan.

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