The Cross River State branch of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) on Tuesday, commissioned and named its secretariat complex after Mrs. Comfort Imoke; mother of the immediate past governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke.
In his address at the occasion, NANNM Chairman in the state, Mr. Ojong Ogar, said late Mrs Imoke was honoured due to her exemplary leadership and contribution towards the growth of the nursing profession.
He recalled how Madam Imoke, a retired nurse/midwife, groomed so many in the noble profession, while alive.
Ogar, in the address, argued that a roll call in the nursing profession in the state without the name of Mrs. Imoke would be incomplete. While eulogising Madam Imoke’s mentoring role in the profession, the Chairman said ” the decision to name this house, Comfort Imoke Nurses house was taken by the last regime after due approval by the State Executive Council.
“This decision was taken to honour Mrs. Comfort Imoke for her contribution to the growth of the nursing profession. A roll call in this hall will prove what I am saying, as she trained several nurses in the state. ”
The chairman disclosed that the construction of the two storey building which began in 2012, was actualized through a levy imposed on the association members.
In his remarks, governor Ben Ayade applauded members of NANNM for the initiative, expressing the government’s commitment to the welfare of health workers in the state.
Represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, the governor, while responding to a request by the association, promised to asphalt the major road leading to the secretariat complex.
“This government will continue to increase its support for the nursing programmes. As you well know, we supported the accreditation of the two schools of nursing and we are looking into the condition of service of nurses.
“The road leading to where this facility is put up is one of the roads we are going to asphalt and ensure that the drainage problem here is addressed”, he said.
Earlier, in his goodwill message at the occasion, former governor Liyel Imoke, applauded members of the association for the rare feat.
Imoke, who was accompanied to the event by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) former chairman in the state, Mr. John Okon, also thanked NANNIM for immortalizing his late mother.
He described the new edifice as a reflection of hard work among the nurses.
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