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In line with the Education and Health thrust of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, the Lagos State College of Nursing (LASCON), Igando, has held its first-ever matriculation ceremony as a full-fledged Tertiary Institution.

The matriculation ceremony for the 2022/2023 academic session with the theme: “Emotional Intelligence and Academic Resilience” was organised by the College for 80 Nursing Students who were the first set to be admitted into the College after scaling through JAMB, Post-UTME screening and the oral interview successfully. 

Addressing the matriculants, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education. Barr.  Tokunbo Wahab congratulated the 80 students for successfully passing the necessary examinations.

Tokunbo, represented by the Permanent Secretary Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Waheed Adeniran Kasali, explained that the ceremony is very important in the history of the present administration being the first matriculation to be held since its Upgrade from the School of Nursing to the status of College of Nursing. 

According to him, this was achieved after the College had successfully secured a five-year accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) licensed to run the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in addition to statutory basic Midwifery courses.

While affirming that these efforts are the commitment of the Government to the delivery of qualitative and quantitative education in line with the third pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of Mr. Governor.

The Special Adviser admonished the students to take the State Government’s huge investment in health and education for sustainable training as a challenge to ensure service delivery in the healthcare system, explaining that the Nursing profession is a serious and rigorous career that needs full concentration and rapt attention when undergoing learning. He, therefore, implored the students to shun any form of distraction as it could jeopardise their academic performance.

Earlier in her welcome address. the Provost of the College, Mrs. Oyefunso Orenuga explained that the programme is a four-year non-terminal with a one-year internship and on completion of the programme, the students would be awarded the National and Higher National Diploma Certificates along with other professional certificates in Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing.

She encouraged the students to put in their best to attain excellence as the Nursing profession is not only a worthy profession but a very disciplined one as LASCON is built on Integrity, Peace and Progress.

In her words. “The College is focused on the pursuit of academic excellence in teaching, research and service delivery, charging the matriculating students to prepare for the great task ahead. 

Orenuga informed that the present administration has significantly invested in human capital development for both staff and students as well as in facilities that aid teaching and learning experience such as the donation of BRT Bus for ease of transportation to Clinical Areas, the construction of additional Hostel and Water Treatment Plant in the College.

She implored parents to continue to support their wards by showing financial commitment to their welfare because without adequate finances the students might not achieve much academically 

The Guest Speaker and Clinical Physiologist at the Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr. Oluwakemi Akintoyese, delivering a paper on “Emotional Intelligence and Academic Resilience”, emphasised that everyone needs emotional intelligence, as such students should be able to understand their strengths and ability by engaging in self-awareness, regulation and motivation through pushing hard to acquire good grades to be on a smooth ride to success.

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