Produce Quality Professionals to Strengthen Health Sector, EKSG Tasks Colleges

  • By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State Government, has tasked the Colleges of Health Sciences and Technology operating in the country to place premium value on qualitative education that will ultimately determine the quality of healthcare deliverable for Nigerians in medical facilities.

The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, in a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Victor Ogunje, gave the charge in Ido- Ekiti, during the maiden Matriculation Ceremony of a private institution: Oke- Osanyintolu College of Health Sciences and Technology.


Mrs Afuye, represented by the Permanent Secretary in her Office, Me Abayomi Opeyemi, described Colleges as being strategic to medical practice in view of the fact that they trained middle level health practitioners that provide support services for other health practitioners in all private and government health institutions.

To achieve the foregoing, the Deputy Governor, said the management must put up concerted actions to combat cases of cultism, social unrest, certificate racketeering that are fondly associated with higher institutions, and strive hard to promote the culture of honour, integrity and hardwork.

Mrs Afuye described the establishment of the institution by a private individual as highly commendable, saying this further accentuated the priority placed on Public Private Partnership initiative by Governor Biodun Oyebanji and its efficacy in governance.

She urged the College to produce graduates that can compete with their counterparts globally and make remarkable inroads into cognate and valuable research programmes that can benefit the nation.

“Education by all standards, is an important weapon to fight poverty, ignorance, criminality and social unrest in any society. Any nation where education is not prioritized, development is always very difficult to attain.

“We must also bear in mind that it shouldn’t just be education for the sake of it, but quality education that can serve humanity in the best ways. It is on this premise that Governor Oyebanji places high premium focus on the education of all younger Ekiti indigenes.

“I want to appeal to the management of this school to promote excellence premised on the fact your graduates will work in the health sector described as the most sensitive because it deals with lives.

“You must put the best machinery in motion to check cases of cultism, certificate forgery, mediocrity, laziness, and lack of focus on behalf of the students and lecturers. You must promote the culture of hardwork, honesty, and honour, which are the best ingredients for nation building”.

Charging the matriculating students to be diligent, Mrs Afuye, reminded them that they are going to be health professionals in the future and the public would expect from them the best skills and knowledge that can promote quality healthcare delivery .

The Provost of the institution, Dr. Foluke Ajibulu, noted that the institution was not solely established to train health practitioners, but to churn out professionals who can function effectively in community, primary, secondary, tertiary and industrial health settings.

The Provost appealed to the matriculating students to remember that the visionary founder, Mrs Mary Oke- Osanyintolu, placed priority on integrity and quality, saying the Board of Directors, represented by Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu will ensure that these virtues reflect in their conducts and comportments.

Dr. Ajibulu added that regulatory bodies had conducted requisite accreditations on the institution and found it worthy in all standards due to the state of the arts facilities that are available to promote teaching, training and research.

The Provost lauded Governor Oyebanji for providing grants to some secondary schools to promote standards and excellence in the education sector, saying such gesture should be extended to private institutions.

She stated that the institution has a JAMB approved CBT Registration centre that can accommodate 4,000 admission seekers, each with laptop and internet access.

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