Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was in Gwoza town in southern Borno, Sunday, where he announced the upgrade of Gwoza General Hospital to a Specialist Hospital, which will undergo expansion, attract more equipment and consultants in specialised areas of medical needs.
Zulum also announced plans to establish a new College of Nursing to be sited in Gwoza.
The governor made the disclosures when he paid homage to the Emir of Gwoza, Mohammed Shehu Timta.
“Your Royal Highness, we have appropriated the establishment of a College of Nursing in the 2023 budget and insha’ Allah, when voted for a second term, we will ensure the college is completed during the first six months of our next tenure in office,” Zulum said.
The nursing college, he explained, will train Gwoza residents and the neighbouring communities to be professionals in public health nursing, midwifery and other health-related courses with a view to providing affordable and quality health services to the people.
On the upgrade of Gwoza General Hospital, Zulum said “Your Highness, in addition to the college, we will upgrade the general hospital to a specialist status which will serve as a reference hospital for the College of Nursing.”
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum also led stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a rally in Gwoza town where he addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters who trooped to the premises of the emir’s palace.
The governor listed numerous projects executed by his administration in different parts of Gwoza and promised to establish a higher Islamic college, prioritise youth and women empowerment.
The higher Islamic college, an integration of Islamic and western institutions, will enable students from Sangaya otherwise known as Almajiri school with a level of Quranic knowledge to qualify for admission for diplomas which will make them eligible for universities and other tertiary institutions.