By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Authorities of Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria has described as false, mischievous and unfounded reports making the rounds that the institution’s Department of Nursing Sciences would be closed down due to withdrawal of accreditation of its programme by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, (NMCN).
A statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday by Director, Public Affairs Directorate, ABU, Dr Ismail Shehu, allayed fears of students and parents that the accreditation withdrawal by NMCN of its Bachelor of Nursing Sciences programme earned in November, 2018 will not in any way affect the graduation of students or even those to be admitted in future.
The statement is in response to series of postings mostly on social media platforms concerning the denial of promotion of some academic staff as well as the purported impending closure of the Department, which the university had found embarrassing and caused a lot of anxiety, especially among the students and parents.
It assured that the matter was fast being resolved jointly in a tripartite dialogue by the National Universities Commission, (NUC), NMCN, and the university.
The statement said the accreditation was not on account of poor academic standards or lack of facilities, but because of having an expatriate as Head of Department, (HOD), albeit highly qualified, professor of nursing science, who was not registered with the Council.
The said professor, according to the statement, had never refused to register and had since applied for registration with the NMCN.
“It is important for members of the public to also note that it was the expatriate officer that raised the Department to the current academic standard that led to the full accreditation status by training and mentoring of early career lecturers in core nursing science.
“This is one of their desperate efforts by seeking and investing in students and parents’ emotion in order to blackmail the university management into allowing them to perpetrate their illegal occupation of positions they do not qualify for.
“No university will ever allow a lecturer whose qualification is Bachelor of Nursing Science, MSc Sociology, PhD Sociology to teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students’ research projects in MSc and PhD nursing science.
Meanwhile, a new Head, Department of Nursing Sciences, has been appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ibrahim Garba. He is Dr Muhammad Ladan.
The new HOD, who has taken over from Professor Hayat Gommaa, an expatriate professor of nursing science, is to serve for a period of one year.