The Plateau Government says it will change the nomenclature of Pankshin College of Health Technology to a polytechnic.
Dr Audu Katmena-Goteng, Commissioner for Higher Education, made the pronouncement at the college’s matriculation of 579 students on Friday in Pankshin.
Mr Katmena-Goteng said that this was necessary because of the college had the features to transform from a monotechnic to a polytechnic for better results.
“The preparation for such a transformation is underway by the State Government.
“It’s our belief that once that change of nomenclature is done, the college will start enjoying support and interventions for the desired growth and development,” he said.
He commended the management of the college for achieving a lot within a year and advised it to keep the cordial relationship with the host community.
Earlier, the Guest speaker, Litpan Ezra, called on the Federal Government to invest in the college entrepreneurial programmes to promote economic development through innovation and creativity.
In his paper titled: “Contribution of entrepreneurship to Health Sector Development”, Ezra said that government should, as a matter of priority, draft policies and strategies that would encourage the private sector to stimulate self-employment.
“The health sector of the economy has been and remains the leading income generation opportunity for business to thrive in Nigeria.
“Entrepreneurship is, therefore, a vehicle that brings about goods and services and provide individuals with opportunities for self-reliance through business venturing,” he said.
The College Provost, Dr Francis Isa-Fwangje, said that a lot needed to be done to meet the ever – increasing demand for training of personnel for the nation’s Primary Health Care system.
Mr Isa-Fwangje charged the 579 matriculated students to portray the good image of the profession by providing the desired health care services.
He said the extensive ongoing renovation and provision of some facilities in the college were done from the college’s meagre internally generated revenue.
He warned the students against indulging in social vices such as drug abuse, cult activities and stealing.