WELCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE ACTING NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA NURSES AND MIDWIVES (NANNM) COMRADE MUSA MAMMAN AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE INTERNATIONAL NURSES AND MIDWIVES WEEK HOLDING AT THE NIGERIA AIR FORCE (NAF) CONFERENCE CENTRE, KADO, ABUJA ON 7TH MAY 2019.
Mohammed Buhari, GCON
Commander in–Chief, Nigerian Armed Forces and President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Honourable Minister of State for Health, Federal Ministry of Health
Honourable Minister of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment
Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige
The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita
The Head of Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health
Ms Francisca Okafor
The Chairman, Board of Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria
Dr. (Mrs) Bola Ofi
The Registrar/Secretary, Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria.Alh.Faruk Umar Abubakar.
The President, Nigeria Labour Congress- Comrade Ayuba Wabba. Mni
Presidents and General Secretaries of Industrial Unions here Present,
Past Presidents and General Secretaries of NANNM here present
Gentlemen of the Press,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the entire Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria, l welcome all of you here present to this great occasion of our great Association. Our Amiable National President, Comrade A.A Adeniji is unavoidably absent hence my acting capacity in today’s occasion.
I am highly delighted to welcome specially Mr. President, Mohamadu Buhari (GCON) Commander in chief of the Armed Forces and President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, ably represented by the Minister of State for Health, Federal Ministry of Health Dr.Osagie Ehanire. The leadership of this Association, your Excellency, wishes to congratulate you for your victory at the last Presidential election in Nigeria.
I equally appreciate the honour given to our Association by Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Service of the Federation for accepting to chair today’s activities for the opening ceremony of the International Nurses and Midwives week, an annual event marking the birth of Ms. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern Nursing and the Lady with the Lamp.
The theme of this week conference is: Nurses: A VOICE TO LEAD: HEALTH FOR ALL, which will be presented as Keynote address by an internationally acclaimed Professor of Nursing and a Nigerian, Professor Mildred John of University of Calabar, Cross River State.
The Midwives Day Celebration which is part of this week’s activities started yesterday with community outreach at Dutse Alhaji where our Midwives showcased their expertise in community Midwifery services.
The theme for the Midwives Day is: Midwives: Defender of Women’s Rights which has been presented about an one hour ago by Halima Kallah Yahaya, Head of Midwifery Services, Malumfashi, Katsina State.
Professional colleagues, the remaining days are lined up with carefully selected topics that are germane in our daily care to our clients. I urge all of you to avail yourselves during the delivery of these papers and participate actively at the level of Groups and panel discussions.
Your Excellency, permit me to use this opportunity to make some demands from Government on behalf of our members as follows.
1. THE UNIFIED SCHEME OF SERVICE FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES:
Your Excellency, the leadership of the Association wishes to thank Government for approving the unified scheme of service for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria in 2016.While Nurses and Midwives are happy for this approval, the leadership is passionately requesting Government to Publish the Scheme as is customary with all approved scheme of services for civil servants in Nigeria.
2. APPOINTMENT OF A SUBSTANTIVE DIRECTOR OF NURSING SERVICES:
Your Excellency, the leadership of our noble Association is concerned that many years after the retirement of Mrs Okoduga as the Director, Nursing Services in Federal Ministry Of Health, the post is still vacant in the mist of many qualified Professional Nurses and Midwives. We want to use medium to appeal to Government to kindly appoint a substantive Director of Nursing Services in the Federal Ministry of Health.
3. PAYMENT OF TEACHING ALLOWANCE TO OUR MEMBERS ON CONHESS 7&8:
Your Excellency, the Association wishes to plead with Government to reconsider the continued payment of Teaching Allowances to our members on CONHESS 7&8 stopped for more than three years now. These cadres of staffs by their daily duties are involved in teaching students’ nurses and undergraduate nurses on wards experiences and so should be paid their teaching allowances as encouragement to be part of training of these students.
4. WITHELD SALARIES OF NURSES AND MIDWIVES (April & May 2018):
Your Excellency, we want to inform you that our members’ salaries of April and May 2018 were with-held following JOHESU strike which was called off and agreement signed between JOHESU and Government that no member of JOHESU would be victimized as a result of the strike action. Unfortunately Sir, salaries of our Nurses and Midwives are still been with-held by the Federal Ministry of Health to date. We passionately appeal to Government to pay these two months salaries to our members in the interest of peace and harmony in our health institutions across the country and to engender increase in the productivity of our members at their workplaces.
On the other hand, we wish to inform his Excellency, that the leadership of the Association has opened up channels of discussion with other professional stakeholders in the health industry in Nigeria to address all areas of Inter and intra professional misunderstanding therein with a view to rendering a robust and best standards of care to our patients and Nigerians in general. It is the considered understanding of the leaderships of these professional bodies that government and indeed the Federal Ministry of Health will support this synergy and provide enabling grounds for its success.
5. THE STATE OF THE NATION:
Your Excellency, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has witnessed the tremendous efforts of Government in addressing some challenges facing the entire Nation especially in the area of insecurity, the economy and unemployment. The Association supports other well-meaning organizations and the Ag.Inspector General of Police’s all inclusive approach to finding lasting solutions to address the current insecurity in Zamfara State, Katsina State, Kaduna State, North East and in general, the entire Country.
Finally, I wish to commend our Nurses and Midwives across the country for the good work they are doing despite challenges being faced in their workplaces. The Association urges you not to relent in doing your best for our people in any circumstance you find yourself because as NURSES AND MIDWIVES, you are the first and last voice of the people.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we wish to thank you again for honoring our invitation to be with us on this special day for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria.
God bless you abundantly and please enjoy yourself while the program lasts.