Worried by the torrent of criticisms trailing the prospects and content of the proposed Unified Scheme of Service (USS) by the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), a group of nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) have decried the situation, demanding clarification from the NANNM president, Comrade Abdulrafiu Alani Adeniji.
The complaint, which was signed by comrade Jude Chiedu, Fwacn, and published on NursingworldNigeria.com, demanded for a certified copy of the USS, in order to clarify confusing issues therein.
The statement, which reminded the president of his obligation to run an open policy administration, in the interest of all members, cautioned the president on the tendency to turn deaf ears to this call, adding that this could trigger greater protest, if nothing is done to salvage the image of the nursing profession.
“Ignoring them has not helped in any way. Since there has been no rebuttal publication or sensitization by the Leadership of NANNM on these issues raised by UGONSA, your silence has left us at a loss as to making an informed decision on which team we are on”, the publication reads.
In an exclusive chat with pharmanewsonline.com, the NANNM president, Comrade Adeniji gave reasons for the actions of NANNM, acknowledging that the USS actually originated from them, and its not strange to anybody, except those who are out to create confusion in the profession.
He said:”There is justification for the USS, because just like there is entry point into any profession, the USS stated clearly the criteria to practice nursing in Nigeria, and this has not been hidden to any nurse. The USS also states that obtaining a degree in nursing does not automatically qualify anyone one for practice, until he/she sits for qualifying examination to practice”.
Describing the protest of UGONSA’s members as a foul cry, where there is no cause for alarm, he explained that once a document is filed through the public service rule, it is regarded as classified document, which remains confidential, until its approval. Thus, circulating such document is not feasible for now.
“The issue with UGONSA’s members is the mere fact that they are looking for recognition, because how many practicing nurses are graduates presently. They are yet to be members of NANNM, and thus have to right to demand for the USS”, he insisted.
Adeniji further condemned the action of UGONSA’s members, stating that having gone ahead to register with the Corporate Affairs commission (CAC) does not empower them to protest over issues in the profession.