According to Rick Stapenhurst, a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist and Mitchell O’Brien, a Consultant, both with World Bank Institute affirmed that, the notion of accountability is an amorphous concept that is difficult to define in precise terms. However, broadly speaking, accountability exists when there is a relationship where an individual or body, and the performance of tasks or functions by that individual or body, are subject to another’s oversight, direction or request that they provide information or justification for their actions.
The dou went further adding that, “the concept of accountability involves two distinct stages : answerability and enforcement. Answerability refers to the obligation of the government, its agencies and public officials to provide information about their decisions and actions and to justify them to the public and those institutions of accountability tasked with providing oversight while Enforcement suggests that, the public or the institution responsible for accountability can sanction the offending party or remedy the contravening behavior. As such, different institutions of accountability might be responsible for either or both of these stages”.
On School of Nursing Bida, Nigerlites recall a statement made by Governor Sani Bello’s Chief Press Secretary, Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace and I qoute “The deplorable state of the school of Nursing in Bida was an inherited thing and the governor is interested in bringing it back to life”.
Matching his words with action and laced with the fact that, Governor Sani Bello’s led administration has refused do away with the esteem presence of Accountability and Transparency in it efforts to restore the lost glory of the Health sector, by extension the State in general, the School of Nursing Bida has recorded a major headway in its academic activities, following the approval and release of funds that will enable the institution wear a new face as well, get accreditation by the Nursing Council of Nigeria.
To ensure stricked attainment of the feat, Mr. Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello immediately constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso in collaboration with the Commissioners of Education, Hajiya Fatima Madugu and that of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril.
In another development, the School of Midwifery, Minna has gotten approval for it wholesome renovation and upgradeness to enable parents, students and staff enjoy the dividends of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s holistic Health Reform Agenda which is a conscious attempt at revamping the Niger State health institutions and system to deliver the much needed quality health services to Nigerlites, while aligning with national and international agenda for sustainable development and within the context of local realities.
Prior to Governor Sani Bello’s administration, it should be recalled that, sometime early 2015 in an exclusive interview with New Telegraph, the Provost of the school of Nursing Bida , Mr. Joseph Sule, hinted that lack or nonavailability of male hostel was one of the observations made by the Council’s accreditation team in 2012 and that till now it has not been able to build one. “Without a male hostel in the school, full accreditation will always remain a mirage and for the school to acquire full accreditation of the Council it must have male hostel as stipulated by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria,” he insisted.
It was reliably gathered that the school has been in dire need of infrastructure, access roads and drainages and a school bus for its speedy accreditation. But, for the school to be fully accredited, the Provost said it would require a standard administrative block and registered nursing tutors, who are graduates and non-graduates to serve as clinical instructors. He noted: “Nursing programme is a residential programme, and not a non-residential programme”.