By Ebere Agozie
Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) on Wednesday in Abuja distributed new curricula to accredited training institutions for the enhancement of environmental health workers in Nigeria.
Dr Dominic Abonyi, the Registrar at the exercise said the collaboration between the council and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)“is yeilding positive results’’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the curricula distributed was for National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) for Environmental Health Technology institutions in the country.
“The council sought and graciously got the collaboration of the NBTE for the review of the ND and HND curricula to meet current national standards applicable in all sub-professional cadres regulated by NBTE.
“The result of this collaboration is why we are here; we have curricula that will align Environmental Health Technologists with their contemporaries in other professions in the country.
“We have no doubt that these curricula will meet council expectation of professional excellence of its products when you adhere strictly to the implementation to the letter,” he said.
Abonyi said that the council on its part would not relent in supporting all genuine efforts to improve on the capacity of the environmental health professionals to deliver on expected mandates.
“EHORECON signed MoU with the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Kwara State University, Mallette for the abridged B. Tech and BSc programmes for environmental health officers.
“These universities have awarded degrees to about 500 professional diploma holders at present.
“We have developed Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) for Bachelor of Environmental Health Science (BEHS) Degree in collaboration with the National Universities Commission (NUC).
“We have also commenced regular BEHS programmes in five universities namely – Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Kwara State University, Federal University of Technology Owerri, University of Ibadan and National Open University of Nigeria,” he said.
Mr Ibrahim Jibril, the Minister of State for Environment, while unveiling the curricula said the ministry had been providing support to the council.
“We have provided support for the development of benchmark for bachelor of EHS and provided training equipment and models to accelerate accreditation of these programmes by relevant bodies.
“The ministry has also approved the procurement and distribution of environment health uniforms to practitioners with valid license free of charge.
“And current effort is to align the fulcrum of professional practice and the technologists to their proper role of providing support to the scientific trends,” he said.
According to him, curriculum development has a broad scope because it is not only about the school, the learners and the teachers but about the development of the society in general.
“In today’s knowledge driven economy, curriculum development plays a vital role in improving the economy of a country.
“It also provides answers or solutions to the world’s pressing conditions and problems such as environment, politics, socio-economics, and other issues of poverty, climate change and sustainable development.
Also speaking, Dr Adamu Kazaure, the Executive Secretary of NBTE called for regular review of the curricula to update and capture modern trend.
Kazaure, who was represented by Mrs Helen Odutan, an Assistant Director in the board, said that the curricula should be reviewed every two years.
Responding, Navy Capt. Ibrahim Nurudeen, the commandant, Nigeria Navy School of Health, Offa, said his school would abide by the rules and regulations in administering the curricula.
“We want to raise practitioners that can pass the test of time, who will be able to defend the certificates they received,” he said. (NAN)