From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Yobe State governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has approved automatic employment for 37 students of the Shehu Sule College of nursing and midwifery in Damaturu, the state capital, who graduated as, and became midwives awaiting permanent employment under the Foundation Year programme.
He made the approval yesterday on the occasion of graduating ceremony of the set-two midwifery of 37 students of the college which took place at the conference hall of the college.
While congratulating the students, their parents and husbands who have supported them during their studies and provided for them while they worked to become trained midwives, he enjoined them remember the lessons they have learnt as to the importance of their profession.
“As you step out of this institution to join our healthcare workforce, I want all of you to remember the lessons you have learnt here, that as midwives, your job would be critical to saving lives, preventing maternal and child mortality and improving the health of women and children across the state. You should therefore do your jobs with professionalism and with patience because our healthcare system needs you,” the governor urged them.
He assured them that. in keeping with his determination to sustain and build on the progress in the healthcare system, government would continue to support the college to meet all its accreditation requirements so that it is better positioned to meet the Human Resource for Health targets in our State.
The governor has equally, at the request of the provost of the college, approved for the construction of two story hostel building with 200- bed capacity, in addition to two additional classrooms and staff quarters respectively, within the premises of the college in addition to approval for the upward review of the students’ allowances from N5, 000 to N10, 000 monthly.
Speaking during the occasion, the Provost of the College, Mrs. Hadiza Sabo said the Foundation Year programme which was introduced by the Women for Health, W4H, and funded by the Uk Aid, is aimed at increasing the number of rural female students entering and graduating from health training institutions so that they can make impact towards improving the health of rural women.
She said from inception to date, the college, through the Foundation Year programme, has graduated a total of 67 indigenous midwives, pointing out that the first batch of 30 midwives who graduated from the college have fully been employed by the Yobe state government and have been working for over ten months now, in their respective local government of origin.
She therefore requested the approval of the governor for the absorption of the second batch of 37 midwives currently awaiting permanent employment, in addition to, among other things, provision of road network and landscaping of the premises, construction of hostel and staff accommodation.