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By Donald Ojebo
The November 2022 Nursing and Midwifery Council Examination for the final year Nursing Students in the various State Schools of Nursing and the Delta State University, Abraka has been put on hold pending when all the contending issues are sorted out and a new date will be communicated to them.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Mordi Ononye made this known today when he addressed aggrieved students at the CBT Center, Delta State Library Board, Mariam Babaginda way, venue of the examination.
He revealed that the decision was reached after the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Health, Registrar and Deputy Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and the Delta State Ministry of Health.
“I am in touch with the Registrar and the Deputy Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. By coming week every issue concerning the indexing and enrollment would be fully resolved and a new date will be given for Delta State specifically”.
The Commissioner said that His Excellency the Governor has directed him to personally intervene in the matter and a Team from the State Ministry of Health would be in Abuja next week to meet with the Registrar with a view to resolving the issue.
Explaining the processes that lead to the writing of the final examination, the Commissioner said that “after six months into the programme, the students write the PTS Examination and if successful they are indexed and given an index number by the Nursing and Midwifery Council through the Focal Persons (Indexing Officer anf Enrollment Officer) who are staff of the Schools appointed by the Council. The State Focal persons, Mr. Ivwighren Lucky and Mr. Johnson Odoyevuli stated that they had paid the indexing fees to the Council using approved Remitta Platform in 2020 and brought receipts of payments generated from the Remitta Platform as evidence”.
“Having paid the indexing fee, the Council would generate the Indexing number which would be sent to the Schools just before the final examination. On receipt of the Indexing number, the Focal Persons (Enrolment Officer Mr. Johnson Odoyevuli) would enroll the students for the examination as this enrollment cannot be done without the Index number.
According to the Commissioner, evidence made available to the Ministry of Health by Mr. Ivwighren Lucky (Indexing Officer) indicated that the Indexing fees were paid via the Remitta platform to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, but for reasons yet to be determined, not all of the students were given index numbers, without which they cannot be enrolled for the examination.
He used the medium to apologize to the students over the discomfort and inconveniences the change of the examination date has caused them and charged the students to conduct themselves properly and not to take laws into their hands but go home as a new date will be communicated to them shortly.
He also appreciated the Honourable Minister of State for Health, the Council Registrar and his Deputy for their understanding and cooperation.