Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, undisputable Mr Turnaround, has done the uncommon again, as his attention, this time beamed upon Niger State School of Nursing, Bida, built forty one years ago and left just like that!
Following avowed mantra at inception of effecting critical changes across known sectors for Niger, including
infrastructure, education and roads, health and others, in spite of clear paucity of finances, the latest addition of whole sale reversal of state-owned School of Nursing should take no sincere follower of the administration’s steady development strides from within and outside the stated entirely aback.
The forty-one year old School, located in Bida town, is already decrepit and appalling, as building structures had gone dilapidated. To say it has become an eye-sore seems an understatement. Lecture rooms had started leaking during rainfalls, toilets had become unusable. Link roads within the institution had also worsened to be impassable.
The worst however is consequent denial of accreditation of most courses by the regulatory authorities which could not have accredited the courses in an institution which suffered lacks at such a glaring scale.
This is now history. It is a new song all the way from building structures which were wholly renovated, laboratories entirely re-kitted, female hostel undergoing massive renovation and male hostel which was lacking for forty one years is now been given to the school which is under construction.
Also revamped are the main administrative block, construction of new ICT building with state of the art facilities, and several other support structures, including all toilets, both across offices and hostels.
It may be necessary to wonder aloud why such an Institution which should always be a centre of focus, not just for individuals seeking enlightenment, but even for governments, would be neglected and left to rot.
The only logical answer, given all we do know is that insensitivity and irresponsibility had typified governance patterns, reducing the people and communities to narrow fringes of importance, even as priorities were set and policies enacted without due consideration for those who ordinarily should occupy the core of values.
It remains appalling that the School of Nursing would train untouched and un-renovated for such a long time.
The only meaningful thing in the midst of all is that a new age has come for Niger State’s Nursing School, just at it has happened for primary and secondary school, the hospitals, especially primary healthcare centres, as well as several other projects in other sectors, including agriculture and road infrastructure.
While it is possible for detractors to misrepresent the performance of Abu Sani Bello, seeking to find holes where there are none and raising unfounded criticisms, is it possible to obliterate whole projects started and finished for the sake of the people, which now attest to his being first in very many regards, even including Niger State School of Nursing, Bida, which stands as imposing evidence of the administration’s steady march towards reclaiming Niger state.
The government has equally fixed the old school vehicle and purchased additional new 32sitter brand new bus to ease activities for both the staff and the students of the school.