The Fatorma Compound of the Bomi County Community College (BCCC) in Tubmanburg was a scene of jubilation as students last Friday celebrated 24-year-old Caroline Jarsah Mabande’s victory in the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) Queen Contest.
Though the program was to celebrate the victory she won among eight contestants whose schools or colleges are fully accredited by the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery, much of the credit went to the college’s president Dr. Zobong Norman.
The maiden edition of the professional and ethics contest among nursing and midwifery training institutions in the county was held on Friday, April 28, 2017, and eight colleges and schools participated at a program hosted at the Monrovia City Hall.
Candidates from the participating schools were Ms. Fatu Bokay from the Tubman National Institute for Medical Arts (TNIMA); Ms. Yaryon M. Obie from Phebe Training Program (PTP), Ms. Jimoh Latifat Bolance from the Smythe Institute of Management and Technology and Ms. Nakelee Nganwawulor from the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery.
The rest of the contestants were Ms. Anita T. Nagbe from the Midwifery Training Program-South Eastern Region, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Ms. Jeroline L. Browne from the William V. S. Tubman University School of Nursing, Ms. Evelyn Daniel from the Nimba County Community College and the eventual winner, Ms. Caroline Jarsah Mabande, from the Bomi County Community College (BCCC).
At last Friday’s program, Mrs. Josephine Snorton, a consultant at the school, presented the queen to President Norman, which was greeted with thunderous cheers of appreciation.
Queen Mabande expressed appreciation to Bomi College and the administration and vowed to live up to her responsibility as their queen, promising to work hard to make sure that BCCC remains number one in all things. Her brief statement received loud applause from excited students.
Mrs. Cecelia C. Kpangbeh-Flomo, LBNM Registrar, recounted the support the organization has received from the BCCC since the arrival of Dr. Norman as the institution’s president.
It was reported that BCCC lost its accreditation two years ago because of inadequate materials and preparations at its Department of Health Sciences, but all changed when Dr. Norman took over and followed to the letter all recommendations the LBNM made to him.
Other speakers included Bomi County Health Team Chief Representative, Bomi County Rural Women Association and the Student Council Government.
Mrs. Mary C. Varney, president of Bomi County Rural Women Association, used the occasion to commend Dr. Norman for his initiatives that have transformed BCCC in a short period that he has served as its president. She called on all those who are connected with the BCCC to cooperate and work with his administration and avoid any desire to undermine it.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Kpangbeh-Flomo (LBNM Registrar) on behalf of her organization ,presented a certificate of honor to Dr. Norman for his phenomenal participation in the LBNM activities.
The excited students along with their queen paraded through the principal streets of Tubmanburg, undeterred by a heavy downpour.