By CHIOMA Chigozie
The Imo State House of Assembly has moved a motion to establish a College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Okigwe town. The motion which was moved by Hon. Samuel Ogbunipka representing Okigwe Local Government, urged the state government to establish a College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Okigwe , pointing out that Okigwe town serves as the headquarters of Okigwe zone and deserves a college of health.
According to the sponsor of the motion Ogbunikpa, “Okigwe General Hospital built in the early 1970’s is now in Afikpo, Abia State.” He decried a situation in which Okigwe Local Government cannot boast of any state higher institution as a result of neglect by previous governments in Imo State.
He urged the House to give the motion an accelerated hearing as the establishment of a College of Nursing, and Health Sciences will improve the health condition, generate revenue and create employment opportunities for the people of the zone as well as Imolites in general.
Supporting the motion Hon. Ngozi Obiefula representing Isu Local Government concurred with Hon Ogbunikpa noting that establishing a college of nursing would bring development and improve the internally generated revenue both in the state.
Lending his support to the motion, Hon. Michael Onyemaechi Njoku representing Ihitte Uboma said that Owerri and Orlu zones have benefitted a lot in the establishment of state institutions, hence the call for the establishment of a college of health in Okigwe zone was overdue and needed to be approved by the state government for equity and fairness.
Other members described it as a motion in the right direction and in tandem with Governor Uzodinma’s 3R agenda of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery. Mr. Ogbunipka further called on the Imo State Government to upgrade the Okigwe General Hospital with the aim of establishing a college of nursing and health sciences in the zone, adding that the hospital has all the potential like other big hospitals in other zones to offer quality health care services.