Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria says it has reviewed the curriculum of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) of environmental health professionals.
The Registrar of the council, Mr Dominic Abonyi, announced this while declaring the opening ceremony of the curriculum review in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, the review will effectively deliver the council’s mission of supporting the ability and manpower of the sector to sustain the nation’s economy.
He also said the review would sharpen the skill of the environmental health professionals in line with guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Education.
“What we are going to achieve from the review is what the professionals stand to give the nation.
“We are going to achieve greater professional skills and service excellence in the environmental health tactics at technician and technologist cadre.
“The review will also enhance our training ability in terms of further educational and professional training.
“The technicians will possess similar skill and competent in environmental health field comparable to another technician in another ministry or industry.
“We already had a good time for training of environmental health professionals at the degree level with the National University Commission.
Speaking at the event, Dr Mas’audu Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, said the curriculum was drawn up over 15 years ago.
Kazaure said that the review would include new activities that had been added to make it more of a national standard and produce environmental health professionals.
According to him, most of the board’s curriculum on health, including the OND and HND environmental health technology programmes, were developed about 20 years ago.
“The review has long become obsolete and requires urgent review to make them satisfy the requirements.
“The characteristics of curriculum are to be tailored to meet the training objectives within a reasonable time and to be appropriate, relevant and up-date.
Represented by Mrs Helen Odunto, an acting director in the board, Kazaure said that the professionals lacked new trends and required modern skills in environmental health management for its professionals.
He observed that these limitations had informed the decision of the board to organise workshops to review its curriculum.
He, however, advised the participants to support all efforts aimed at upgrading and standardising the curriculum.