LAGOS ASSEMBLY: Lagos Moves to Establish New College of Nursing

LAGOS ASSEMBLY REPORTS with
Okunade Adekunle
As the Lagos State government prepares to establish a new College of Nursing, stakeholders in the nursing profession have thrown their weight behind the government by supporting the proposed bill in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
This occurred at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on a bill for a law to establish the Lagos State College of Nursing (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing) and other connected purposes.
The event, which was held at the Lateef Jakande Hall within the assembly premises had in attendance professional nurses, health services administrators, doctors and members of the public.
The stakeholders agreed that there is a need to upgrade the current school of nursing in the state and ensure standard in the industry.
While contributing to the proposed law, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Modele Oshikiyesi, observed that the council of the school might not be in a position to appoint the head of the school.
She said it is better this is handled by core professionals and practitioners in the industry.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Lagos Council of Nursing, Comrade Olurotimi Akinjide observed that nurses don’t make medical diagnosis and that what they make are nursing diagnosis.
“We are concerned about responses to illness and treatments. Nursing diagnosis is not medical diagnosis. A representative of the Nigerian nurses and midwives should be represented at the council of the college. The head of the college should be a degree holder in nursing and not in any other profession or field. The same goes for other principal officers of the school,” he said.
This was corroborated by the Head of the Department of Nursing in the College of Medicine of the Lagos State University, Dr. Bola Obembe, who stressed that the Provost of the school should have a minimum of Masters degree in nursing.
In his keynote address, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, described the bill as timely.
Obasa stated that the Bill would further take care of the welfare of the people of the state.
He added that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state is well concerned about the healthcare of the people of the state.
Chairman of the House Committee on Health Services, Hon. Olusegun Olulade, said in his welcome address that the bill was long overdue and that it is better late than never.
Olulade explained: “We have taken the First and Second Reading of the bill and as we all know, we will never pass a bill into law without taking into consideration the vital inputs of stakeholders who have one thing or the other to do with the bill. Hence, our reason for gathering here today is to have your meaningful contributions to this important bill”
He added “The important roles of the nursing profession cannot be overemphasized and so to have qualified and competent nurses in the state, there is need for us to have a school that will produce quality nurses. A nursing school is different from other types of school because it is a type of educational institution, or part thereof, providing education and training to become a fully qualified nurse,”
Olulade argued that when the bill is finally passed into law, it will afford the people the opportunity in Lagos State to have a College which shall consists of Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing.
The Health Committee Chairman added further that when established, the college will be responsible for the provision of courses of instruction, training and other facilities in health related issues and to make these facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are eligible to benefit from them amongst other objectives.
Domesticate ‘Not-Too-Young-To-Run-Bill’- Group Tells Lagos Lawmakers
A group, YouthNext, has called on the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to domesticate the ‘Not-Too-Young-To-Run-Bill’ passed by the National Assembly as well as a bill on Independent Candidacy.
The group made this call at a peaceful rally held at the Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
The youths, who chanted various solidarity songs which include “All we are saying, give us a chance,” and “Youths, we want to lead,” also carried placards with various inscriptions to drive home their demands.
Inscriptions in the placards include: Youths Next, the Future is now”, “Youths are able and strong, we deserve to rule’’, and “Screw your goliath, we are ready to take over’’.
Others are: “The time has come for our voices to be heard”, “Youths, let’s us unite and discard tribalism and Youths, don’t let yourself be used among others”.
In her address, the Coordinator of the group, Ms. Moremi Ojudu, said the time had come to the youths to take position of leadership, saying youths are able, strong, energetic and intellectually vibrant to lead.
Ojudu, who was dressed in black, said the way forward for the nation was to take away all impediments on the way for the youths to take over.
She added: “YouthNext is an organization, which centers on engaging youths in politics on the need for them to get involved in politics. We are out to ensure that we have a good representation of youths at all levels of government. The Not Too Young To Run Bill” has been passed by the National Assembly, we are here to urge members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to make sure that the bill is domesticated here. we are saying no to the use of youths as thugs, electioneering machinery. We say no to the abuse of youths. We want recognition as people we can sit down on the same table and rule.
“We want to rule ourselves. We say no to the hoodlums, we have the energy, we have the vibrancy. We are tired and by 2019, we will vote for ourselves. Youths should get voice.We want youths as political aspirants in all levels. We have no money, but we get energy. We don’t want old people again to rule us. We are saying that the independence candidature bill must be passed and be domesticated here in Lagos,” said Ojudu
The group also appealed to the lawmakers to ensure that the Lagos State Independence Electoral Commission (LASIEC) had an independence voice, saying the last council polls in the state has many flaws.
The youths urged the House to prevail on their political parties to ensure rebate in nomination form for the youths to curb the challenge of finance dissuading many youths from participating in politics.
They implored the lawmakers to empower the youths and bring them up to take over position of leadership.
While addressing the group, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said: “You have done what is decent in a democratic setting by coming to bear out your minds.
Agunbiade said: “Your aspirations have gone viral and have been supported by a lot of people. The Lagos Assembly also participated in the preliminary conferences leading to what is presently happening in the National Assembly.
 “The two issued you raised, have scaled through the National Assembly and States Assembly have the knowledge. Though, we cannot vouch 100 per cent support by all state Houses of Assembly by the Lagos Assembly has been a progressive assembly led by progressive elements. So, everything progressive, we will support. The advocacy you brought here, we are assuring you that as regards the age (Not Too Young To Run Bill) and Independent candidacy, the Assembly will sit on it and take a position, but be assure that we will take progressive position.”
Agunbiade, however, said that the issue of domestication raised by the protesters was not an issue, saying that once amendments scaled through state houses of assembly, it would become laws for all.
He added: “It is a constitutional issue, everybody is bound by it. The issue of domestication does not come into it. The issue is adherence to the tenets of the constitution.
“The constitution is the groundnorm, which everybody must obey.”
The lawmaker, however, said that for the country to move forward, youths should talk to themselves, saying that so many youths did not want empowerment.
On youths being used as thugs, Agunbiade urged the youths not of offer themselves as instrument for violence or thuggery by anybody.
He, however, implored them to sensitise and mobilize themselves and join political parties, saying that no one would deny them if they met constitutional requirements.

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