Saturday, 28 March 2020

NIGERIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE (NIS) JOB ADVERT: UGONSA SENDS PETITION TO THE FMOH

The University graduate of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of Bachelor degree in nursing has reported the CDCFIB to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) over the ill-treatment meted on its members by the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMOI). The wordings of the letter, Ref No. UG/NAT/20/FMOH/01 dated 24th March 2020, which was addressed to the  Honourable Minister of Health with attention to the Director, Human Resource FMOH and copied to the Director, Nursing Services FMOH, is hereby reproduced below: 

The Honourable Minister of Health,
Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH),
New Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Business District,
P.M.B 083, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

Attention:
The Director, Human Resource FMOH,

A PASSIONATE APPEAL FOR YOUR URGENT INTERVENTION TO END THE PERENNIAL INJUSTICES NURSES SUFFER IN THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

Nightingales greetings from our members!

We highly commend the proactive and astute effort of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) towards tackling the novel coronavirus disease (COVID – 19) pandemic that recently berthed in Nigeria. We also commend the inclination of the FMOH under your watch to fostering sense of equity, fairness and inclusiveness among our healthcare professionals to strengthen the harmonious work relationship the Ministry has diligently promoted in our healthcare delivery system.

2.    However, we wish to call to the attention of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the perennial ill-treatment nurses have received and are still receiving from the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMOI), which is grossly at variance with the efforts of the FMOH to foster sense of belonging, equity, inclusiveness and fairness among our healthcare team.

3.  As at date, the FMOI, through its parastatals [the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB)], has singled out Registered Nurses (RN) with Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) degree as the only university graduates of the core healthcare disciplines to be placed under the inspectorate cadre whereas the university graduates of other core health disciplines are placed on the superintendent cadre.

4.      In the year 2018, when we noticed the ugly occurrence in an advert for recruitment made by the CDCFIB for recruitment into the Prisons Service (now Correctional Service) we initially thought it was a mistake, possibly made out of lack of adequate information on the extant placement of RN with BNSc degree in the Federation’s Services by those at the helms of affair in the board (CDCFIB).

5.      In the said advert (made vide Daily Trust Newspaper of Monday 30 April, 2018)  the position for all Registered Nurses (RN), including RN with BNSc degree, was listed in the inspectorate cadre as Inspector of Prison (IP) Nursing , CONHESS 06  whereas the University Graduates of other core healthcare disciplines such as Medicine and Pharmacy were listed in the superintendent cadre as Superintendent of Prison (SP) Medical/ veterinary, CONMESS 02  (respectively for medical and veterinary Doctors) and as Deputy Superintendent of Prison (DSP) Pharmacy, CONHESS 09 (for Pharmacists) [Please kindly refer Annexure A for the said Correctional Service job Advert].

6.      Giving them the benefit of doubt that it was not intentionally done, we humbly approached the FMOI and the CDCFIB {vide our letter Ref No. UGONSA/018/FMOI/01 dated 18th May, 2018} and the Nigerian Correctional Service (then Nigerian Prisons Service) {vide our letter Ref No. UGONSA/NAT/19/CG/NPS/01 dated 4th March, 2019} with detailed explanation of the extant placement of RN with BNSc degree in the Federation’s services praying for correction of the mistake of not listing RN with BNSc degree on the Superintendent cadre as was done for the University Graduates of other core healthcare professions.

7.      The Nigerian Correctional Service in her response to our letter {vide Ref No. NPS 114/S.33/1/86 dated 25th June, 2019} acknowledged that our demand was genuine but averred that it has forwarded our complaint, for the necessary action, to the CDCFIB on whose purview it lies to make the correction. [Please kindly refer to the Nigerian Correctional Service’s response hereby attached as Annexure B].

8.      As we awaited the correction from the FMOI, having written them a reminder {vide our letter Ref No.UG/NAT/19/ FMOI/01 dated 4th March, 2019}, came the unequivocal confirmation that the earlier action of the CDCFIB [whereby all Registered Nurses (RN), including RN with BNSc degree, were listed in the inspectorate cadre in the Nigerian Correctional Service job advert], was not a mistake but a deliberate plot not to obey the extant law, rules and regulations as it concerns the placement of nurses with degree in nursing in the Services of the Federation.

9.      This is because in August 2019, the CDCFIB made another advert (this time for recruitment into the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC , online via their website https://cdfipb.careers/jobs/civil-defence) in which [despite the unambiguous clarifications we have made to them] they also listed all registered nurses, including the University Graduates of Nursing Science (.i.e RN with BNSc degree), under the inspectorate cadre whereas the University Graduates of other core healthcare disciplines so advertised were listed in the superintendent cadre.

10.  For example, in the advert Medical Doctors, Dentist and Optometrist (who are all University Graduates like the RN with BNSc degree) were listed in the Category A [.i.e. the superintendent cadre] as Superintendent Corps (SC) Medical Doctors/ Dentist/ Optometrists, CONMESS 02 respectively whereas their counterparts in nursing [the University Graduates of Nursing Science, i.e. RN with BNSc) were listed in the Category B (.i.e. the inspectorate cadre) as Inspector of Corps (IC) CONHESS 07. [Please kindly refer Annexure C for the NSCDC job advert].

11.  Not deterred by their confirmed deliberate action of wanton marginalization and debasement of our dear nursing profession, we once more respectfully approached the CDCFIB {vide our letter Ref No. UG/NAT/19/CG/ CDFIBP /02 dated 19th August, 2019} with all the extant circulars requesting them to obey the extant law and be fair to the graduate nurses by placing them on the same superintendent cadre where they placed the university graduates of other core healthcare disciplines.

12.  To ensure that the matter was not again swept under the carpet we reported it to the current Minister of Interior vide our letter to him shortly after his inauguration {Ref No. UG/NAT/19/FMOI/02 dated 30th September, 2019}.

13.   Despite all the well-documented efforts we have made to make the CDCFIB [and the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMOI) that oversees it] to do the right thing, it is becoming clearer that they are more inclined to breaking the law than obeying it for inexplicable reasons other than that the people involved are nurses, who in their own resolve must be marginalized, traumatized and debased because of their professional leaning.

14.  This is evident in the latest advert made by the CDCFIB on March 13th, 2020 for recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) via the NIS website, https://immigration.gov.ng/advertisement-for-vacancies/, where they again listed the University Graduates of other core healthcare professions on the superintendent cadre except the university Graduates of Nursing Science [please kindly refer Annexure D for the current CDCFIB advert for recruitment into NIS].

15.  With the latest repetition of such aberrant and provocative act of willfully portraying the nursing degree as subservient to other degrees in the current advert for employment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), despite having been adequately informed about the right thing, we are hereby crying out very loudly that we have lost hope and trust in the commitment or ability of the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMOI) and the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) to rise above pettiness or primordial sentiments and elaborate equity & fairness to all Nigerians irrespective of professional leanings.

16.  It is incontrovertible that whatever qualified the University Graduates of other core healthcare professions to ply the superintendent cadre also qualifies their counterparts in nursing to ply same cadre. On the alternative, the CDCFIB and the FMOI should furnish us with information on what qualified the university degree of other core healthcare professions to ply their superintendent cadre that does not qualify the university degree of nursing to ply same cadre.

17. It is pertinent to point out for example, that the fact that both professions of Nursing and Pharmacy are on parity in Nigeria as is the case in Great Britain (Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) Award, 1981) and admission requirements & course duration for both nursing and pharmacy for the first degree in the university are similar, portends that the first degrees of both professions [i.e. Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and the Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc)] shall be accorded similar measure in the schemes of things. 

18.  The hope of our deeply traumatized members now lie on our mother Ministry, the FMOH as our defender of last resort, who has been with us through thick and thin to make a timely intervention and save the nursing profession from the unwarranted brutality, debasement and marginalization at the hands of the FMOI and the CDCFIB which our members now find extremely difficult to endure any longer.

PRAYER
We most passionately pray the Ministry of Health, our mother Ministry, to intervene on behalf of the graduate nurses that have been severely shortchanged, without reprieve, by the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMOI) and the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) vide placement, remuneration, and career progression, by engaging and urging the FMOI and CDCFIB to

1   1. employ the university graduates of nursing (.i.e. RN possessing B.N.Sc/B.Sc.Nursing degree) on the superintendent cadre as is done for the university graduates of other core healthcare disciplines.

2    2. correct the career pathway of the graduate nurses already employed in the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services from the inspectorate to the superintendent cadre.

3 3. implement Grade Level 09 as the entry point for Registered Nurses (RN) possessing B.N.Sc/B.Sc.Nursing degree in line with the provision of the  extant circulars of the Nigerian Government.

4  4. upgrade to Grade Level 09 the existing Nurse Officers possessing B.N.Sc/B.Sc.Nursing degree who were employed before 8th September, 2016  but are still below the new base of Grade Level 09 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002.

5   5. upgrade all graduate nurses (i.e. RN with B.N.Sc/B.Sc.Nursing degree) who were wrongly employed below the new base of Grade Level 09 after 8th September, 2016 to Grade Level 09 effective from the date of their employment as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002.


List of Annexures
A.     Annexure A: Advert for recruitment into Nigerian Correctional Service (formerly Nigerian Prisons Service) made by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) on Daily Trust Newspaper of Monday 30 April, 2018.

B.     Annexure B: The Nigerian Correctional Service response to UGONSA request for Proper Placement of graduate nurses {vide Ref No. NPS 114/S.33/1/86 dated 25th June, 2019}.

C.     Annexure C: The CDCFIB advert for recruitment into the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC , made online in August 2019 via their website https://cdfipb.careers/jobs/civil-defence

D.     Annexue D: The CDCFIB advert on March 13th, 2020 for recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) via the NIS website, https://immigration.gov.ng/advertisement-for-vacancies/

E.     Annexure E: UGONSA letter to the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMOI) and the CDCFIB on proper placement of graduate nurses {vide letter Ref No. UGONSA/018/FMOI/01 dated 18th May, 2018}

F.      Annexure F: UGONSA letter to the Nigerian Correctional Service (then Nigerian Prisons Service) on Proper Placement of graduate nurses {vide letter Ref No. UGONSA/NAT/19/CG/NPS/01 dated 4th March, 2019}

G.    Annexure G: UGONSA reminder to the FMOI on proper placement of graduate nurses {vide letter Ref No.UG/NAT/19/ FMOI/01 dated 4th March, 2019}.

H.    Annexure H: UGONSA complaint to the CDCFIB on CBCFIB’s breach of extant law in its advert for recruitment into NSCDC {vide letter Ref No. UG/NAT/19/CG/ CDFIBP /02 dated 19th August, 2019}.

I.       Annexure I: UGONSA complaint to the current Federal Minister of Interior on breaching the extant law by the CDCFIB on placement of graduate nurses {vide letter Ref No. UG/NAT/19/FMOI/02 dated 30th September, 2019}.

J.      Annexure J:  Circular, Ref No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 dated September 8, 2016 from the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF).

K.    Annexure K: Circular, Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017, from Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).

L.     Annexure L: Circular Ref No. C.6093/T/16 dated February 20, 2018 from FMOH

M.   Annexure M:  Circular Ref No. C2920/5.3/C.2/1/155 dated 5th February, 2019 from the FMOH.

N.     Annexure N: Circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 from the office of the HCSF.

O.    Annexure O: A letter by the FMOH to a Chief Medical Director (CMD) on entry point placement of graduate nurses on Grade Level 09.

P.      Annexure P: The Implementation Guide for Internship Programme for graduates of B.N.Sc degree from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), the statutory regulatory body for nursing in Nigeria.

Q.    Annexure Q: Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) award of the year 1981, which granted that the profession of Nursing is on parity with that of Pharmacy in Nigeria, as is the case in Great Britain from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria

Signed



                                                                                               

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                             NURSE P.O. ETENG
       National President                                                  Ag. National Secretary


CC:
Director, Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)
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Friday, 20 March 2020

COVID – 19: UGONSA EDUCATES THE GENERAL PUBLIC; ADVICES NURSES

The University Graduates of Nursing sciences Association (UGONSA) has advised the general public and nurses alike on the raging pandemic of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID 19) which has spread from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China (where it was first reported)  to every continent of the world.

The association in a statement by its Assistant National Secretary North, Nurse Mustapha Abdulahi Garba, commended the government of Nigeria for its efforts so far in managing the scourge but urged it to prepare to take more drastic measures. The association also saluted the World Health Organisation (WHO) for taking the global lead and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for taking the local lead in combating the menace and advised the general public and nurses on what they must do at this critical moment.

The statement read thus, “The government’s initiative to institute a travel ban from high-risk countries as well as banning public gathering is commendable. At this critical point, we must elevate love to its highest valour and be our brother’s keeper to complement the government’s effort in defeating this merciless and invisible enemy.

“It is important to inform the general public that vigilant infection control practices coupled with early identification and treatment may help prevent the spread of the virus and potentially decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with it.

“COVID-19 can spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person with the disease coughs or exhales. 

"It is therefore very important to observe and encourage others to observe the WHO’s recommendations  and stay 6 feet (about 2 metres)  away from any person who is sick, wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub, and avoid touching the eyes, nose, mouth, and face with unwashed hands.

The association cautioned nurses to take measures to protect themselves with necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) as they battle to rescue the nation from this adversity as it does not want a repeat of the sad episode of Late Nurse Justina Ejelonu who died saving Nigeria from Ebola scourge in the year 2014 only for her remains and history to be precariously discarded by the very Nigerian government she died saving her citizens. 

"We hope the leadership of the country shall one day live to the truth and erase the ugly spot of the discarded Nurse Ejelonu's exploit from our history and decorate her with a befitting posthumous award to avoid an avoidable dangerous situation in the future that may jeopardize the nurses avowed willingness to give all, including paying the ultimate price if need be, for the country.

The association further called on well-meaning Nigerians to assist the government in providing PPEs to hospitals to enable nurses and other healthcare professionals who provide frontline care at this critical moment discharge their duties effectively and efficiently with minimized exposure risk.

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Monday, 16 March 2020

UGONSA 20th PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE: CALL FOR ABSTRACT










UGONSA NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE AND SCIENTIFIC UPDATE - ABAKALIKI 2020

The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), also known as the Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN) will hold its 20th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update from Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October, 2020 at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. UGONSA cordially invites all Nursing & Midwifery Professionals to submit an abstract in research, project, dissertation, thesis, or theoretical/conceptual framework to be considered for presentation at the conference. Please, note that project papers should include best evidence-based practices.

THEME: Collaborating with Nigerian Nurses  & Midwives For a Contemporary Healthcare Education and Practice Dynamism: Who, How, When?

TAG: The conference shall be tagged “NURSING EDUCATION REFORMATION SUMMIT” 
Submission Deadline
Materials should be received by UGONSA no later than 12 Midnight on Friday July 31, 2020 as extension may not be granted. Materials should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft words format, through the UGONSA official email address, gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com.

Abstract Review and Selection Process
After the submission deadline, all completed and eligible abstracts will be made available to UGONSA Abstract Reviewers (AR) for blinded review, vetting and scoring following satisfaction of originality index test. Final decision will be made by the programme committee in late August, 2020.
Abstracts will be evaluated and scored solely on their scientific merits.

Incomplete Abstracts will not be reviewed.

Likewise, any material that fails the originality index test will be regarded as a plagiarized work and will accordingly, be rejected.

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent to the presenting author in early September, 2020 by email; consequently, an accurate email address is critical. If your abstract is accepted, the email will specify whether it is accepted for presentation at the plenary session or whether it has been selected to be published in our journal and online on our website only.  If you submitted an abstract and did not receive any notification at this specified time, you should send us an email via gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com or visit our site, www.ugonsa.com, and fill the contact form.
If after completing your submission, you did not receive a confirmation email from UGONSA within 72 hours, you should contact us as stated above.

Abstract Submission Fee: Not Applicable

Conference Registration fee and Accommodation
The Conference schedule and registration modalities will be on the conference posters and fliers that will be published by August 2020. Registration fee is N10, 000 (ten thousand naira) for Graduates and N5000 (five thousand naira) for undergraduates. The fee shall cover the conference T-shirt, bag, Book of Abstract, Materials, and meals (breakfast and lunch) only. Accommodation shall be paid for by each of the participants. UGONSA shall bargain and arrange for decent and affordable hotel accommodation in Abakaliki within the price range of N2000 (two thousand naira) to N7000 (seven thousand naira) per night to make the cost of lodging minimal and considerate for participants.

Conference Programme
The onsite printed programme will include the specific time for each abstract presentation and the name of the moderator for each session. Abstracts may list multiple study authors.

Presentation at the Conference
The presentation at the conference must reflect submitted abstract. In particular, the abstract title, authorship, and scientific content of the presentation at the conference must match the submitted abstract, although updates on results may be added.

Guidelines for Paper Presentation at the Conference
Paper must not exceed 15 pages in Microsoft word, including tables and references, and should be typed double line spaced (Times New Roman font size 14) on A4-sized paper.
APA referencing format, 7th edition, should be used.
UGONSA shall make hard copies available to participants during the conference. Paper should include a cover page with title, author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and email address.

Commitment
Each submitter will be notified about the programme committee’s decision on acceptance of an abstract. Each author shall be asked to accept the invitation to present. Presenters must take very seriously their commitment to make presentations, except in cases of true emergency. In such a case, UGONSA shall publish an errata sheet to be distributed with the proceedings indicating the names of individuals and their abstract titles that have been listed for presentation but would no longer be presented at the conference.  If a scheduled presenter failed to show-up for reasons other than the aforementioned, such shall attract blacklisting which shall cause UGONSA to refuse to accept subsequent works from the affected author in the future.

Abstract Withdrawal
Once an abstract is accepted, a written request to withdraw should be submitted no later than September 15th 2020 through gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com if the author decides to withdraw the abstract for any reason. Abstracts may not be withdrawn after this deadline.
UGONSA reserves the right to withdraw abstracts that are in violation of the Association’s policies and guidelines, such as those that have failed the originality index test for plagiarism, or have been deemed scientifically unsound, or have been found to include inaccurate data, etc.

For further inquiry, kindly contact:
University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), CAC/IT/69387
C/O Ag. National Secretary
O & G Theatre Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki,
Ebonyi State Nigeria.
Phone: +2348063477661

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Friday, 13 March 2020

PROPER PLACEMENT: UGONSA REACHES OUT TO THE NEW HCSF

In a congratulatory letter to the new Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) Ref no. UG/NAT/20/HCSF/01 dated March 10, 2020, the University Graduate of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) has made a strong case for approval of Proper Placement of graduate nurses at the next National Council on Establishment (NCE) meeting. 
Below is the full script of the letter:


Dr. Folasade Omolara Yemi–Esan,
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation,
Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase II, Shehu Shagari Way,
Three Arms Zone, Abuja
Tel: 23492908853, 23492906342

Madam,
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DESERVED APPOINTMENT AS THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION
A Passionate Request to Rectify the Injustice of Underplacement of Graduate Nurses at The Next National Council on Establishment (NCE) Meeting

The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) and nurses under its commune heartily congratulate you on your deserved appointment as the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF). Your elevation and confirmation as the substantive HCSF from the acting capacity by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government is a testament that you utilized all the opportunities you had in the past to serve our fatherland in various capacities with a great sense of purpose and worthy accountability. We pray God to grant you abundant grace, wisdom, good health and strength to enable you excel and do greater things for our civil service with this new post.

     2. We deem it appropriate to intimate you, at this budding period of your tenure, on the perennial injustice of underplacement of graduate nurses, which the National Council on Establishment (NCE) is yet to rectify, to enable you form a robust framework for righting the wrongs of yesterday to enthrone a repositioned service in our health system that is equitable and fair to all the healthcare team members, especially the nurses that have so long been marginalized and deeply traumatized.

3    3. As at date, nurse interns are the only interns in our health sector that are underplaced on Grade Level 08 (.i.e. CONHESS 07) whereas their counterparts from other core healthcare disciplines such as Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science, Physiotherapy, and so on, are placed on Grade Level 09 (.i.e. CONHESS 08). Post-NYSC (National Youth Service Corps), the graduate nurses are aberrantly employed into the Civil Service on Grade Level 09 (CONHESS 08) whereas their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines are employed in the same health system on Grade Level 10 (CONHESS 09).  

     4. What is more? This injustice of underplacement of graduate nurses to the tune of one grade level below par occurs despite that nursing and the aforementioned core healthcare disciplines have similar entry requirement and course duration for the first degree in the university.

5   5. Moreso, the wrongful underplacement is at variance with the gazetted verdict of the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) award of the year 1981, which granted that in the healthcare delivery service of Nigeria the profession of Nursing is on parity with that of Pharmacy as is the case in Great Britain (Please refer Annexure A for the IAP award document).  By the unambiguous provision of the IAP award, the basis for appointment of graduates of Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree as well as the university graduates of the other aforementioned core healthcare disciples unto Grade Level 10 (CONHESS 09) post-NYSC also justifies why the graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree, who are on parity with them, should be appointed on the same grade level, especially as both professions of nursing and pharmacy and the other healthcare disciplines aforementioned have similar entry requirement and course duration for the first degree in the university plus a one-year internship training pre-NYSC.

6   6. When we registered our displeasure over this wrongful shortchange of nurses, to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and demanded for an upgrade of the salary grade level (GL) of the graduate nurses, in the spirit and letter of the IAP award, to be at par with what is obtainable with their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines, whose entry points in the civil service are Grade Level 09 (CONHESS 08) for interns and Grade Level 10 (CONHESS 09) post-NYSC, the ministry in her reply, vide a circular Ref No. C.6093/T/13 dated 19th June 2017, averred that issues on proper placements or adjustments on cadre/rank/post/GL fall within the purview of the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF)/National Council on Establishment (NCE) and not the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).

7   7. Consequently, the ministry advised that if our association (.i.e. UGONSA) wanted a review and upgrade of the current entry point for the graduate nurses, it should send a memorandum to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) on a new proposed entry point of Grade Level 10 (CONHESS 09) post-NYSC against the Grade Level 09 (CONHESS 08) that is currently in place. The ministry added that the NMCN, after deliberation on the new memorandum, can forward same to the FMOH for onward transmission and submission to the HCSF for presentation at next NCE meeting for consideration (kindly refer Annexure B for the FMOH response).

    8. Based on the advice of the FMOH, we forwarded a memorandum to the NMCN proposing Grade Level 10 (CONHESS 09) as the entry point of the graduate nurses and as well recognizing higher degrees in nursing such as MSc and PhD in the nurses’ schemes of service. Having reliably learnt that the memo has been transmitted from the NMCN to the FMOH and that the FMOH has transmitted it to your esteemed office for consideration at the next NCE meeting, it portends that the issues of righting this unjustifiable wrong now lies on your table.
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     9. We feel dejected whenever we juxtapose the workload and contributions of nurses to patients’ care in our hospitals with this unwarranted ill-treatment of wrongful and inexplicable underplacement below par. 

1   10. In terms of workload, nurses are the frontline caregivers with the highest bedside visibility, who stay with patients round-the-clock from birth till death serving as a tapestry of care similar to the roles played by mothers in families; a tapestry woven through nurses' daily contact with patients, through attending to patients' physical, psychological, emotional or otherwise holistic needs, administering treatments and medications, monitoring patients' responses to those treatments and medications, helping patients to prevent illnesses or live with their illness or helping educate them about how to live with their illnesses, dealing with patients’ family members, and  helping patients die with some measure of comfort and dignity when recovery is paled and death is inevitable.

1  11. It therefore defies logic, common sense and rationality that nurses who play to our healthcare delivery system similar roles as what mothers play in our homes are the ones singled out for an unwarranted marginalization in entry point placement, for no tenable reason, in the same health system where they play a central coordinating role.

1   12. Our unwavering hope now lies in your ability to rise above whatever sentiment that might have informed this inexplicable and unjustifiable perennial ill-treatment of wrongful underplacement meted out to nurses by putting on a motherly and patriotic garb of equity, justice and fairness and see that the university graduates of nursing science get the same enhanced entry placement as their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines during your tenure by righting this wrong at the next NCE meeting.

PRAYER
We passionately appeal and demand that you kindly, in collaboration with other members of our revered National Council on Establishment (NCE):

1   1. pass and approve at the next NCE meeting the memorandum on enhanced entry point and proper placement of graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree seeking to make Grade Level 09 (.i.e. CONHESS 08) the entry point for the nurse interns and Grade Level 10 (i.e. CONHESS 09) the entry point for the graduates post-NYSC and to recognize MSc and PhD in nursing in the nurses' schemes of service.

2   2. classify the lingering issue of wrongful underplacement of graduate nurses among the priority items of your tenure and verily work to rectify it at the next NCE meeting.

3      3. follow-up with the seven-member committee you recently inaugurated (chaired by the Niger State Head of Service, Mrs. Salamatu Abubakar) and see that this all-important issue of enhanced entry point and proper placement of the university graduates of nursing science at par with their counterparts in other healthcare disciplines which borders on equity, fairness, justice and inclusiveness in our health system is given a favourable leaning by the committee for express passage and approval at the next National Council on Establishment (NCE) meeting.

Once more, we offer you our most sincere congratulations for your deserved elevation to the topmost position in the Civil Service of the Federation and pledge our unalloyed support to your tenure as we look forward to productive cooperation with you.
Kindly accept the assurances of our highest regards!

                                                                     Signed:


CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                    NURSE P.O. ETENG
          National President                                                           Ag.National Secretary


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