The Gombe State government has authorised the reopening of five healthcare private colleges out of the 27 shut down for various reasons related to accreditation.
This was revealed in Gombe at a Press conference by Dr Habu Dahiru, the state Commissioner of Health.
He stated that the colleges were found wanting by the committee comprised of the state government to checkmate the operations of the colleges.
He further added that the colleges were working without a license and government accreditation, saying that colleges of health can not work without certification, licenses as well as qualified professionals.
He also highlighted the requirement for health programs to be operated by qualified institutes.
So, when they got reports and complaints from the public, the government closed down all the 27 schools because of the outcome of the committee’s investigation on them.
The Commissioner, who is also the chairman of the committee, disclosed that prerequisites in the checklist of the committee include:
- The mood of registration.
- Availability of a good workforce.
- Befitting laboratories.
- Libraries as well as facilities along with satisfactory classrooms and a demonstration clinic, among others.
While announcing the results of the committee, which he also runs, he stated, “At the moment, we have been able to acquire about five who have qualified, and we have already asked them to restart.”
He added that they had visited the schools in a few communities such as Bambam, Cham, Filiya, Kumo, Billiri and Dukku so as to round up with the schools in Gombe and other neighbouring communities.
After the shutting down of the colleges on May 11, 2022, it was reported that the Commissioner complained over the price at which graduates of the colleges end up losing employment because of the non-accreditation of the colleges.