By Usiere Akpan
The Akwa Ibom government has secured the accreditation of programmes ongoing at all the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in the state.
In addition, the state government has adopted and directed the implementation of the Environmental Guide for Infrastructure Development (EGID) to guide the execution of properly terminated drains in the urban parts of the state.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel gave the hints during an interaction with journalists after a session of the state executive council meeting attended by the state deputy governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, the secretary to the state government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, commissioners and special advisers which took place at Government House, Uyo, Tuesday.
Emmanuel, who spoke through the state commissioner for information nad strategy, Mr. Ini Ememobong, said that the decisions of the nursing and midwifery regulatory institutions to certify the courses which had earlier lost accreditation, was conveyed to the government by the commissioner for health, attributing the full accreditation to huge investment in infrastructure upgrade and other investments in the schools while keeping the schools in the needed condition to continue in training the required medical manpower.
Emmanuel explained that the acceptance of the environmentalguide for development was based on the presentations of the Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals to prevent the execution of improperly terminated drains largely responsible for major erosions in the state, adding that the main focus of the guide was adopted after exhaustive deliberations to preventfuture environmental disasters.
He remarked that the Ministry of Works and Fire Service has been directed to urgently upgrade the relevant fire fighting facilities and to send its personnel for further fire fighting training, advising citizens to also install primary firefighting equipment of fire extinguishers and fire balls in residential and business buildings.
The state executive officer said that the executive council meeting provided opportunities for all ministries to present the status report of projects ongoing within their jurisdiction, maintaining that the list of road projects ready for inauguration has been submitted by the Ministry of Works and Fire Service,while the decisions of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (FGPC) were brought for deliberation and ratification
Emmanuel said that the new commissioners have been welcomed and intimated of the high expectations associated with their appointments, expressing optimism that they would execute duties diligently excellent results in line with the near exit period of the present administration in the state.
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