The National executive of NANNM, in collaboration with NANNM OAUTH unit, dragged the management board of OAUTH (ObafemiAwolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife) to National Industrial court, because they refused to promote Nurses that do not have a degree in nursing onto the directorate cadre of Nursing.
Joined in the suit are the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH),the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HSCF), Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) and University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA).
To NANNM some other professions are “allied” to Nursing and every nurse, provided you have a degree, whether in nursing or not, is qualified to be a director in nursing.
However, NMCN has made it categorically clear that nursing is not allied to any other profession and no other profession is allied to nursing and therefore specified that to be eligible for appointment to the directorate cadre of nursing, a nurse MUST possess a minimum of first degree in nursing.
This sincere disposition of NMCN, which is aimed at enthroning professionalism in nursing, is strongly abhorred by NANNM under the leadership of A.A. Adeniji that strives to elevate trade unionism above professionalism.
They intend to use the OAUTH case to secure victory for the so-called “allied” and thereafter generalize it in other institutions around the country. The case has been fixed for hearing on 27th November, 2017 atthe National Industrial Court, Ibadan, Oyo State.
We reliably gathered that more than 15 million naira has been sunk into this sinister project of truncating professionalism in nursing. At some point last year, we were told that they have withdrawn the case. Little did we know that they had gone underground to take us unawares, until recently when we were served witha notice forhearing.
NMCN remains our statutory regulatory body and has a genuine progressive agenda for the profession. It is only the enemies of the profession that stupidly challenge the position of the council on issues bordering on professionalism such as the “allied” issue.
Let us remember the profession in our individual and group prayers as trade unionism battles professionalism come 27th November, 2017.
The three major pillars of nursing in the country. i.e. NMCN, UGONSA and NANNM are now in court courtesy of NANNM. While NANNM is on the side of trade unionism, NMCN and UGONSA are strongly on and shall always be on the side of professionalism.Nurses please beware of those that have sworn thatthe nursing professionin Nigeriawill never move forward and thus, fight against anything that promotes our professional growth and development with the hard earned monies contributed as check-off dues by nurses. God shall never let the profession down in Nigeria.
Nur. G.I. Nshi
UGONSA National Secretary
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