In an effort towards expanding access to tertiary education, the Kebbi State government has upgraded three of its schools to colleges. Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Higher Education Dr Isah Muhammad Sama, said at a press conference held at the ministry’s conference hall in Birnin Kebbi that the three schools were: Adamu Augie College of Education Argungu, Kebbi School of Nursing and Midwifery, now called College of Nursing; and the School of Health Technology Jega to be known as College of Health Sciences Jega. The upgrade according to Sama was reached at the Kebbi State Executive Council meeting held May 22 and has the backing of the amended law number 5 of 1993. He adding that, the upgrade would allow the colleges to offer degree programmes on their own or through affiliations with various universities to meet demand for more degree awarding institutions. Read Also: Bandits shoot Kebbi council chairman’s wife, 2 others Dr sama also noted that the upgrade of Adamu Augie College of Education Argungu met the requirements of National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). Sama said the College of Nursing will now offer courses like pediatric nursing, Geriatric nursing, flight nursing and preoperative (Theatre) nursing, A&E nursing management among others. With the upgrade of the College of Health Sciences Jega, Sama said the institution, which already offers courses in laboratory technicians, pharmacy, can now go up to Higher National Diploma (HND) level, which would allow its graduates participate in the mandatory one year national service. Sama praised the Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagaudu, for his foresight.
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