By Matthew Denis
The pioneer Principal and Provost of Kwara State College of Nursing, Oke Ode, Elder Luke Omotayo Malomo has disclosed that lack of infrastructural development is limiting his capacity to take the institution to greater height.
He made the disclosure at the weekend while speaking with our reporter on his achievements and challenges at the college.
The Provost said, “When I resumed here as pioneer principal in April 2011, I met three buildings, the administrative block, auditorium and the academic complex.
“I inherited empty administrative block therefore we provided the furniture and electronics for office use like computers and other gadgets. Now we can boast of having enough furniture and computers, we have demonstration rooms for nursing and anatomy, we also have common rooms.”
“I have the opportunity to recruit lecturers, though we engaged contract officers’ whom are experienced nurses that have retired to handle some of the courses. The first accreditation known as Resources accreditation was done when the team came from the Nursing Council in 2013 for the first time, they also came for the final one in 2014 which made us to start admitting students into the college.”
According to him the college was given full accreditation in 2017 which has never happened before, so for good five years the accreditation team will not visit the college for accreditation, even if they visit us it is supportive accreditation to know whether we are keeping to the standard or there is a retrogressive move in the way we are running the college.
Malomo stressed that focusing on the academic complex there is library that can accommodate over 70 students although not to the specification of what his tenure want for the college.
“There should be a library for nursing students, school of midwifery and public nursing, each suppose to have their separate library building to meet the specification of the council. There is a new library complex under construction by the past administration. The building has already reached a later stage, hopefully, it will not be an abandoned project and we hope it will be completed in due course.
“We have building complex where the students for school of Midwifery will be receiving their lectures but we have problem with hostel accommodation. It is delaying us to start this midwifery school aside from this we also have enough lecturers to take the students on Public Health Nursing, however, if a team from Nursing Council visit us and demand for hostels accommodation for these sets of students we can’t introduce the present building for accreditation.