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Ogun  Nurses Demand Reversal Of Controversial Certificate Verification Process

The Ogun State Council of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has strongly advocated  the immediate reversal and withdrawal of a new certificate verification process introduced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

In a recent memo signed by the state Chairman of NANNM, Comrade Nurse Adejoke Oluwatoyin Bello, the NMCN’s revised guidelines stipulate that applicants seeking certificate verification from foreign nursing boards and councils must possess a minimum of two years of post-qualification experience from the date of issuance of the permanent practicing license.

This development has sparked outrage among Nigerian health workers on social media, with many condemning it as a violation of human rights.

NANNM, in an official statement, expressed reservations about the council’s circular, questioning its “intent and impact on the progress and welfare of nurses and midwives in Nigeria.” 

The association argued that the requirement for two years of post-qualification practice raises doubts about the quality of nurses and midwives licensed by the council, branding it as an infringement of their rights.

Additionally, NANNM raised concerns about the lengthy six-month minimum processing period outlined in the circular. 

The association believes that this extended duration, coupled with the demand for a letter from the Chief Executive Officer of the respective places of work, is a deliberate attempt to make the verification process unnecessarily burdensome

 

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