Why enrolment of nursing students was increased to 63,000 – NMCN Registrar 


The Registrar, of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Professor Abubakar Faruq, Monday stated that enrolment of nursing students has increased from 38,000 to 68,000 to attend to the needs of Nigeria.

Speaking at the maiden matriculation ceremony of Mercy Medical University, Iwara, Iwo, Osun state, Prof. Faruq said the increase was in line with the present administration’s commitment to adequate training of human resources to attend to the needs of Nigeria.

He said, “Let me make it on record, Osun is leading the state among other state universities in the country. Presently we have six accredited departments of medicine in Osun state out of 57 approved departments of medicine accredited by NUC and Midwifery Council. Mercy Medical University has also added making seven in the state.

“The Federal government is committed to adequate training of human resources. Several enrolment of students has therefore been increased from 38,000 to 63,000 to produce competent nurses to attend to the needs of Nigerians.”

The Acting Vice-Chancellor of Mercy Medical University, Prof Ajibade Lawal, advised Nigerian students to integrate learning with the realities of modern society to become successful and productive in their chosen fields and careers.

Lawal who disclosed that the university is matriculating 500 students in MBBS, nursing, medical lab, public health, community health, and alternative medicine, stated that efforts are on to get accreditation for other courses.

He explained the importance of acquiring the attitude, skills, and characters that will enable them to find fulfillment in a world that is increasingly competitive.

He warned the students against indulging in social vices that may terminate and ruin their career pursuit, warning that “students engaging in or planning to engage in secret cults, extortion, intimidation, prostitution, etc. should know that they have two options, either change and pursue the path of rectitude or be shown the way out.

“The true worth of your MMU education will be measured by your ability to integrate what you have learned with the realities of modern society in ways that would enable you to become successful and productive in your chosen fields and careers.”