It was on the 15th of this month (September) that the Nursing community became awash with some excitement and joy on the reappointment of the current Registrar/Secretary-General of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) Alh. Faruq Umar Abubakar for a second nonrenewable tenure of 4years by the Honourable Minister of Health Prof. Osagie Enahire.
The reappointment was received with much approvals across board in the nursing community. This was largely due to the exemplary and dedicated leadership the Registrar displayed at the Council in the last four years. Almost no one objected contemplated or argued against his re-appointment.
Infact this is an action from the Health Minister that gladdens the Nigerian Nursing community the most this year. It could be said that the Minister still think good and means well for Nursing profession in the country.
But it should still be noted that all nurses will need to see more to begin to send accolades and eulogies on the minister. Alh Faruq as the Registrar of the regulatory body of Nursing and Midwifery in Nigeria has carried out his task very well and even gone extra mile to deliver. He has carried out a good turn which has now earned him another.
Prior to his appointment in 2016 not much was known about him. Even a simple search on Google machine about him revealed no result found. He was only known to be then the Provost of the Sokoto State College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences and a visiting lecturer at the Department of Nursing Sciences Usman Danfodio University Sokoto (UDUS) as well too running his Ph.D program at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
This cast a few doubt on the minds of some nursing stakeholders asking questions as "can he deliver?", "is he capable?", "His records are not much". In the last four years Alh. Faruq Umar Abubakar has proven to the world that he is more than capable of managing the NMCN. He has lived up beyond doubt and expectations. He has proven that it is not the records that one has that make him a successful leader but the energy and vigour that one comes to the leadership with that help.
Within four the years he served as the Registrar he brought and initiated reforms and innovations that touches almost all spheres of Nursing that is under the jurisdiction of the Council. Within few months of his assumption as the NMCN Registrar Nursing Internship for graduate Nurses was fully commenced.
It was under him in 2016 that the Council prepared guidelines for the entire internship program such as induction, log books/check lists, intern license, adaptation program for foreign train Nurses etc. In 2017 it was optional for a nurse graduate to go for internship.
The Council made it compulsory in 2018. His reforms too touches facilitation of registration and renewal of licence, release of professional Exams results, Nursing education and practice etc. Unlike in the past where these were not obtainable. Alh Faruq equally extended his reforms to affect the administration of the Council. Staff welfare and promotion were enhanced which has helped to boost their morale. He made sure to upgrade most of the activities of the Council to be online.
These and many other excellent work he is doing earned awards from various organizations. Most famous among them is the award from NursingWorldNigeria Foundation. The foundation runs an online website aimed at making good the image of Nursing and nurses in Nigeria. All news, developments and vacancies regarding Nursing in Nigeria can be obtain on the website. Alh. Faruq Umar Abubakar the Registrar/Secretary General of NMCN was nominated for the award of BEST NURSE OF THE YEAR for 3 consecutive years by NursingWorldNigeria.
What I highlighted above in this article is just a tip of the iceberg on the achievement list of the Registrar. We look forward to see more and more of this feats in the next four years to come.
I personally recommend that the Registrar in this second tenure of his to beam searchlight on quackery that is affecting Nursing practice currently. I am sure the Council is doing something about it but alots more need to be done to exterminate quackery in Nursing.
There are alot of quacks training institutions out there not accredited by the Council. The Proprietors of these institutions need to be brought to book and anyone found practising Nursing or Midwifery or in the name of Nurse or Midwife without being license by the Council be made to face the law too.
The patients and members of the general public need to be attended only by a nurse or Midwife license by the Council.
Congratulations once again to the Registrar/ Secretary General of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Alh. Faruq Umar Abubakar FWCN.
I wish him a successful and hitch free second tenure.
Written by Bilyaminu Bala Yahya (RN, BNSc) from Ibadan, Oyo State.
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