Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade has promised to employ any student nurses of the state College of Health Technology who graduate with flying colours.
He gave the assurance during the matriculation ceremony of 723 new students of the college yesterday in Calabar, the state capital he addressed them.
Speaking Dr Betta Edu, the Director General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, congratulated the students for making it into one of the best colleges of health tech in Nigeria.
She said in her interactions with health workers it was very easy to know those who trained in Calabar as they usually stand out professionally.
Asking the students to shun social vices that could jeopardize their stay, she said: “The governor has assured that he will employ best graduating students automatic employment into the system. This is because we need more frontline health workers in the State. The ongoing employment of 1000 health workers should give you the assurance that if you study hard a job awaits you”.
The governor reminded them that he will soon give formal employment to 1000 new health workers in the state following completion of their screening and interview.
The Provost of the College Dr Janet Adah in her speech said the college has achieved so much and this is due to the enabling environment and the resourceful support from the state government.
Yesterday at the Workers Day celebration in Calabar, the new chairman of the state Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ben Ukpepi reminded the state government that there was shortage of nurses in the state following increase in the retirement rate of older nurses from the system.