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Nomination of Representatives of Professional Bodies in the Health Sector to National Conference
Date Posted: 22/Feb/2014

HQ/JOHESU/ADM/VOL.II/314 February 1, 2014

His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR
The President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Aso Rock Villa,

Your Excellency,

The Assembly of Healthcare Professionals and Joint Health Sector Unions is the umbrella platform of over 95% of the entire workforce in the Health Sector in Nigeria.
It comprises of the following professional bodies:
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
Association of Medical Laboratory Science of Nigeria
National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives
Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists
Association of Radiographers
Health Information Managers Association of Nigeria

The Joint Health Sector Unions [JHESU] is made up of major unions including:
Medical and Health Workers Union
Nigeria Union of Allied Health professionals
National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives
Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals and Research Institutes.

In recent times, we have continued to catalogue glaring episodes of marginalisation and injustice to our individual and collective templates by the Federal
In a recent memo we pointedly drew the attention of Your Excellency to yet another in the series of unlawful appointments in the Health sector, when government re-appointed Dr. Paul Orhii as Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in flagrant violation of Section 9 of the NAFDAC Act which provides a condition precedent that the Director General of NAFDAC “must have good knowledge of Food and drugs”.
After one of our member organizations drew the attention of the Federal Government to this gaffe when the unlawful appointment was first made in January 2009,senior government officials even persuaded the Association of Community Pharmacists which challenged the appointment in court to withdraw it on grounds that government will correct that grave injustice, which it has again rubbed on our face.

As if this was not enough, we have observed that the Federal Government has listed only the following professional bodies as participants at the forthcoming National Conference. They include:
Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)
Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)
Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB)
Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)
Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN)
Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Values (NIESV)
Nigeria Environmental Society (NES)

While we do not deny any of these bodies their inalienable rights to have representatives on the National Conference, we enjoin Your Excellency to critically appraise the list of professional bodies listed. In the Finance Sector, CIBN, ANAN and ICAN are represented. Infact ANAN and ICAN represent only the Accounting profession
In the Works/Building/Environment sector which has a plethora of professionals like the Health Sector NIA, NSE,NIESV, and NSE are represented.
We are worried that the Health Sector as usual has received very shabby treatment in obvious continuation of the levity and contempt with which government conventionally treats professionals in the Health Sector (This is apart from doctors who get the status of sacred cows)
The AHPN/JOHESU feels very slighted that the true representatives of the Health work force in Nigeria has been neglected, ignored and treated with disrespect for too long in the annals of national endeavours of this nature.
We have therefore collectively resolved that on this occasion we shall not leave this situation unchallenged.

Your Excellency, we respectfully implore you as one of the condition precedent in our on-going negotiation with government on injustice pertaining to labour matters to immediately redress this matter by giving immediate approval to the nomination of at least 3 of our member bodies to be represented at the National Conference.
This includes the:
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)
Nigeria Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) 
Association of Medical Laboratory of Scientist of Nigeria (AMSLN)

Your Excellency, a pool of expertise and knowledge is available within the ranks of AHPN/JOHESU which needs to be tapped in the quest for nation building. As freeborn citizens of Nigeria, we shall be counted as front-runners in the quest to rebuild Nigeria.

Thank you very much Your Excellency for heeding our call

Yours Faithfully,


Com.(Dr.) Ayuba P. Wabba, MNI Chairman, Joint Health Sector 

Com Yusuf-Badmus W. Joint Health Sector Unions Unions Secretary, 

Olumide Akintayo FPSN, FNIM
President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.


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