ANAMBRA State Government has inaugurated a 10-man Board of Directors for the Anambra State College of Health Technology, Obosi.
Inaugurating the board at the Governor’s Lodge, Gov. Willie Obiano urged them to ensure that the college achieved financial independence within a year in order to be able to fund its programmes and projects.
He mandated the board to expand the existing structures and facilities in the institution so that it could admit more students in addition to its current population of 1,200.
“Health is wealth. You must work tirelessly to revamp and improve on the present condition of the college. It is in line with what we are doing in the health sector.
“Because the institution plays important roles in health sector, you must ensure that the graduates are qualified health personnel that will take care of our primary healthcare systems,” Gov. Obiano said.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala noted that government’s ceaseless support for the health sector had strengthened and catapulted the state’s health system to limelight.
Former Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, who is Chairman of the Board, noted that the college was established a year after the creation of Anambra State in 1991.
He explained that the institution had its first council in 2001, after being backed by law.
The chairman noted that under his tenure, the facility had been given a facelift through huge investments that had given rise to building of facilities on the premises and obtaining accreditation of its six courses.
He pledged to work for accreditation of more courses, push two of the courses from Ordinary National Diploma (OND) to Higher National Diploma (HND).
Dr Akabuike added that he would work toward introduction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the institution to ensure that it could surmount global challenges.
Members of the board are immediate past health Commissioner Dr Joe Akabuike (Chairman), while the Registrar of the institution, Mr Okechukwu Nwobi, would serve as Secretary.
Other members are Chief Patrick Nwankwo, Dr Ernest Ifebi, Igwe Mike Idigo, traditional ruler of Aguleri, Provost of the College, Dr Robinson Mgbakogu.
Also on the board are Dean of General Studies, Dr Nkechi Ezenwammadu; Mr Dan Ezobi; Martin Oliseh, as well as statutory members — Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Health, Finance and Education. The Board has a four–year tenure. ”