Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has instructed that Miss Precious Umoru, who was asked to withdraw due to her physical condition, be re-evaluated to commence her training at the Edo State College of Nursing Sciences in Benin.
The College’s Provost, Prof. Patricia Ukaigwe, said in a statement on Tuesday that the governor intervened after learning about the situation and asked that a new evaluation be done and that Miss Umoru be given all the support she needs for the re-assessment.
After being admitted to the college, Miss Umoru was suggested to leave after an initial evaluation of her undisclosed health status.
She said, “The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the re-assessment of Miss Umoru to begin her training at the Edo State College of Nursing Sciences, Benin.
“The Admission Committee had deemed her eligible for admission based on her cognitive function and score on the CBT exam, but upon her arrival at the school premises, the hostel manager observed that she had unstable gait and tremors.
“A meeting was called between the Counselling Department of the College and Miss Umoru’s parents, where the nature and history of her condition were reviewed to reach a fair decision on her physical fitness for the College’s rigorous training.
“As part of this process, a preliminary assessment was conducted which had suggested that she might not be able to withstand the physical rigours of midwifery training.
“The rescheduled assessment will take place on Thursday 13 April 2023 and the public will be provided with the necessary updates on the exercise.
“We want to assure (everyone) that the college will not intentionally deny anyone an opportunity to get the best training and capacity enhancement in healthcare services,” she added.
Edo State College of Nursing Sciences has a robust and all-encompassing curriculum, which is congruent with the provisions of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and other accrediting bodies. EDOCNS empowers its faculty, staff, and students by providing the knowledge, skills, as well as core values to enable them to be first among equals, while making contributions to the Nursing profession and the society.