Zuarungu NMTC appeals to PPP to build hostel

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The Zuarungu Nursing and Midwifery Training College (ZNMTC) in Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region has called for a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement to construct a hostel for students .

Mr. Michael Yidana Mantamia, the Principal of the College, who made the call, said that about two-thirds of the student population rented rooms outside the campus, which exposed them to several attacks from strangers .

Speaking at an enrollment ceremony for 619 College students, the Principal said the College urgently needed hostel accommodation with a capacity of 500 or more for the students to give them some protection.

Mr. Mantamia appealed to benevolent organizations and individuals to help the College with a student hostel.

“We also welcome organizations or individuals who may be interested in a public-private partnership agreement to kindly alert us for engagement,” he said.

This, he reiterated, would help reduce attacks and undue extortion that students were exposed to, control indiscipline and allow students to have the peace of mind of studying in a conducive environment and to maintain the College’s excellent academic performance.

Apart from the hostel, the director said the staff had no on-campus accommodation.

“They find it difficult to hire outside, which affects their morale and the management of the College.”

He further called for a standard library, information and communication technology (ICT) and skills labs for effective academic and practical training sessions.

Mr. Mantamia commended the members of the College Advisory Board for their efforts in helping the College acquire bags of cement to start construction of the skills, ICT and library facilities.

Mr. David Akolgo Amoah, Chief Executive of Bolgatanga East District (DCE), acknowledged the infrastructural challenges of the College and said that the Assembly will help solve them.

Regarding the attacks on the students, the DCE, who is also the chairman of the District Security Council (DISEC), said that the Assembly worked with the district police command to erect a barrier along the road. leading to the College, with intense police patrols to protect lives. and property.

He said Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was championing the improvement of ICT in the country and assured that the Assembly will ensure that the College is not left out in the event of the allocation of computers to colleges .

Mr. Amoah advised the students to learn the ethics of the nursing profession and implement it in their future work environments after successfully completing their training.

“Don’t just learn and pass your exams, but apply ethics to save lives.”

Some College students have told the Ghana News Agency that landlords with accommodation closer to the College have taken advantage of the lack of on-campus accommodation facilities to charge exorbitant rents.

They said some of them stayed away from the College and went to campus daily for lectures and group study, especially at night, and corroborated attacks on them by strangers as reported by the principal.

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Linda G. Ibarra