The Gombe State Government says it will reopen seven out of the 17 private colleges of health technology earlier closed down for allegedly operating below standards.
Barrister Zubairu Mohammed Umar, the chairman of a special committee who doubles as the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, made the announcement at the end of the state executive council meeting yesterday.
According to him, the colleges would reopen after an assessment was carried out by the committee on the courses they offered and their accreditation statuses.
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The assessment, he added, had seven of the colleges up to the minimum requirement, which led to the committee’s authorisation to proceed with their academic endeavours.
The re-opened colleges were listed as Fountain College of Health, Science and Technology, Tunfure; Performance College of Health, Science and Technology, Billiri; Garkuwa College of Health, Science and Technology, Gombe.
Others include Lamido School of Hygiene, Liji, Ummah College of Health, Science and Technology, Gombe; Dukku International College of Health, Science and Technology; and Haruna Rasheed College of Health, Science and Technology, Dukku.
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The commissioner also said that the colleges have obtained mandatory accreditation from relevant regulatory bodies both within and outside Gombe state.
The other 10 colleges, which are yet to be accredited, were found to be running below standards and will remain shut down pending when they meet the required standard to operate, he explained.
The commissioner further urged students from those colleges to relocate back to the approved colleges.