Tuesday, 7 May 2019


Contrary to the rumor making the rounds that some suspected and remanded employees of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu (FNHE) had a hand in the murder of Nurse Maria Amadi (PhD), emerging information reveals that the abominable act might have been committed by armed robbers.

The information was availed by Evangelist Tochukwu Obiora (alias Iko Nso), who disclosed he is the Assistant State Commander of Enugu State Neighborhood Watch, to the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing. UGONSA has been urging those with useful information regarding the gruesome murder of the late nurse to come forth with such for the interest of justice to the late nurse and the entire nursing community. The Enugu State Secretary of the Association (UGONSA), Nurse Nwodoh Chijioke Oliver in the company of the National Secretary, Nurse Nshi Goodluck Ikechukwu, had visited Evangelist Tochukwu Obiora on Thursday, May 2, 2019 and on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Ugboye in Abakpa-Nike Enugu, where they got the useful information concerning where the focus of security agencies should be at to possibly unravel the truth about Nurse Amadi’s gruesome murder.

Evangelist Tochukwu Obiora, as a top-notch leader of Enugu State Neighborhood Watch, does not only cover the Trans-Ekulu axis where Nurse Maria Amadi was murdered, he is also the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Ugboye and Ugbowa neighbourhood Watch in Abakpa-Nike, Enugu and has been a frontline neighborhood security officer of Enugu State for the past 21 years.

Evangelist Obiora opined that the story about the involvement of some employees of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu (FNHE) in the murder of Nurse Amadi (for which some of them are presently incarcerated in Enugu prison) looks like a fabrication made by some workers to get at their fellow workers who they have had one case or the other with (one of which is still pending in a law court) following the protracted crisis that has been rocking the hospital.

According to him, the intelligence he had so far gathered is strongly narrowing his suspicion to a gang of armed robbers that have been terrorizing Trans-Ekulu in the recent time as those behind the unfortunate criminal mischief that befell Nurse Amadi.

“Before her incidence, I submitted intelligence report to the police that the area has been marked for indiscriminate attacks by a certain gang over an issue they had with the Trans-Ekulu police and for which they had vowed to make Trans-Ekulu boil” (i.e., “casting the area” – a term used by criminal gangs to portray spoiling show for people, police, in this case). “I made the intelligence report to the police to help forestall impending criminal activities in the area but the effort they have so far made seems not enough to nip such in the bud” said Evangelist Obiora (Iko Nso).

Continuing, Evangelist Obiora said, “Since the atrocious murder of the woman by this suspected gang of armed robbers, the same group had continued to terrorize Trans-Ekulu/Abakpa axis and had carried out several armed robbery attacks and equally murdered other people in the same area the woman was murdered. Since March till date, Trans-Ekulu/Abakpa axis of Enugu East LGA where this gang operates in has not had peace”.

“When some members of the gang were apprehended, instead of uncovering their involvement in the murder of the nurse, for which I had tipped them off, the Police later released them without establishing their link to it, reason for which I am yet to understand”.

 “My submission remains that the murder has nothing to do with the workers of the FNHE, who were arrested and detained on the allegation that the murdered woman reported before her demise that, they were the ones that sent assassins to kill her.  This case does not look like that of assassins at all. Common security sense tells me that assassins would not shoot on the leg, the tummy or the shoulder, as was reported in this case, but would aim for the head or chest and would have ensured that the woman was confirmed dead before zooming off especially giving the consideration that they operated freely unchallenged by any security operative while their atrocious act lasted”. “If not, why have they not arrested even one of the alleged ‘assassins’ till now”?

“I know the right people to suspect as the murderers; they are a gang of robbers and cultists. I am very ready to testify anywhere I am called to come and testify. I have the intelligence that the robbers/killers took off from Ugbowa in Abakpa-Nike and what looks like an affirmation to my submission is that one of them had regretted their action in an open place” – Evangelist Obiora added.

Evangelist Obiora further questioned the veracity of the rumour that Late Nurse Maria Amadi mentioned the name of some persons as suspects in her case, after she was shot, either in the police station or in the hospital (to any doctor or nurse that was involved in her treatment) or to the person that brought her to the hospital, as mounting evidence does not lay credence to such.

This query was in line with the independent findings of members of UGONSA, Enugu State Chapter, in an investigation led by Nurse Andalyn Iheagu and Nurse (Barr.) Onuh Beatrice Akudo who had visited the doctors and nurses that participated in her treatment, the police station where she was taken to, and the person that took her to both the police station and the hospital following the gun shot and all confirmed the she never mentioned any person’s name.

Evangelist Obiora challenged those propagating the rumor that the deceased mentioned some people’s name in a statement she made to the police and to the doctors and nurses that attended to her in ESUTH Teaching Hospital, Parklane, to name the officers or the doctors or nurses to whom such statement was made to.  

“To use the unfortunate incident of the gruesome murder of Nurse Maria Amadi (one of the finest professional Nigerian nurses) by some workers in the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu as an avenue to nail other workers they had issues with was preposterous especially as the whims of being on the deceased’s side should be altruistic inclination to unraveling the real truth and culprits behind her gruesome murder rather than playing primordial politics of attrition” – Evangelist Obiora submitted.

Speaking to a group of journalist on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Enugu, after the mind blowing revelation made by Evangelist Obiora, Nurse Nwodoh Chijioke Oliver (the Enugu State Secretary of UGONSA) and Nurse Nshi Goodluck Ikechukwu (the National Secretary of UGONSA) strongly condemned the killing of Nurse Maria Amadi and averred that such a dastardly and barbaric act has left the heart of the nursing community shattered.
According to them, what UGONSA, as an association demands, is a real justice anchored on verifiable truth and not a hearsay or token justice rooted on sentiments and vendetta.

“We in the nursing community are critically hit by the unfortunate incident because the deceased is a nurse and two out of the three persons that are currently incarcerated in Enugu Prison are nurses.  The persons that are currently in detention were arrested on the premise that the late Nurse Amadi made a statement in which she mentioned their names as her killers but investigations have revealed that she never mentioned any person’s name”.

“Our hearts bleed the more because we are like a father whose daughter was murdered and when he cried out that the murderers should be hunted and brought to book, his remaining daughter and son were, instead, accused of being the killers of their sister over unverifiable stories and thus got arrested and incarcerated”.

“Since it has been verily established that late Nurse Maria Amadi never mentioned the names of anybody as her killers or as people that sent assassins to kill her, we demand that the people that are currently in detention over the allegation that she mentioned their names be forthwith released while investigation should be extended to unravel the rightful culprits”.  

“We salute the courage and boldness of Evangelist Tochukwu Obiora, the Chief Security Officer of Ugboye and Ugbowa Abakpa Neighbourhood Watch and the Assistant Commander of Enugu State Neighbourhood Watch, for coming out at this auspicious moment, against all odds, to give useful information about the circumstances and persons involved in the gruesome murder of our colleague”.

“We passionately call on the government of Enugu State and all the security agencies to approach Evangelist Tochukwu Obiora and collaborate with him to get the alleged culprits arrested and brought to book for the interest of justice to the deceased and the entire nursing community as a whole” – the UGONSA scribes said.

Recall that Late Nurse Maria Amadi, Head of Nursing Services, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu and a mother-of-two, was allegedly shot dead on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at about 4pm at Federal Housing Estate, Trans-Ekulu, Enugu, by unknown gunmen.

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Friday, 19 April 2019

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Friday, 29 March 2019


As part of the ongoing campaign of UGONSA to ensure that nurses who have suffered to bag BNSc degree reap the full benefit of their labour, the association had intervened in the case of eligible Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADNs) due for promotion to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing (DDN) that were delisted from promotion list after being initially shortlisted by FETHA in the promotion interview scheduled to hold on 1st April 2019.

Recall that UGONSA had recently lunched campaign and intervention to make nurses' BNSc degree count and be recognized by hospital management ( for nurses who are still in the university and those that have graduated), a scheme it is piloting in FETHA from where the train shall berth in other hospitals in collaboration of UGONSA national executives with States and Unit executives. Sequel to the emergent situation of the ADNs due for promotion to DDN and CNOs due for promotion to ADN related to the scheduled promotion interview of 1st April, 2019, UGONSA prioritized their case. The intervention for other nurses (including those that have already bagged BNSc and those that are currently in school studying for the BNSc degree) whose names are currently being compiled shall be activated within next two weeks. 

Below is the text of  the intervention for the ADNs due for promotion to DDN:

The Chief Medical Director (CMD),
Federal Teaching Hospital,
Abakaliki (FETHA).


Director of Administration, FETHA,


Head of Nursing Services, FETHA,



Nightingales’ greetings from members of UGONSA, the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing. 

2. The rumour making the rounds that eligible Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADN) earlier shortlisted for promotion interview to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing (DDN) have been delisted from the forthcoming promotion interview by FETHA prompted us to once again approach your office owing to the undisputed fact that your performing administration in FETHA is one that is propelled by and ran on “due process”. 

3. At the material time the eligibility for promotion to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing is sine qua non of possession of a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing and spending at least four years on the grade of Assistant Director of Nursing (Kindly refer the attached documents).

4. It is indisputable that the ADNs shortlisted for promotion to DDNs aside being evaluated as highly competent also met all the requisite extant conditions for promotion to the post.  

5. Having met the required conditions that warranted the publications of their names in the list of eligible candidates for the forthcoming promotion interview by FETHA, it is unjust to surreptitiously delist them a few days to the promotion interview for reasons that do not bother on their eligibility, capacity or competence. 

6. The display of professional competency by the affected ADNs that led to their being qualified for promotion to DDN is a source of motivation to young nurses who they mentor and serve as role
models to. Denying them their duly earned promotion denigrates the cliché of “dignity in labour” and has the ill potency of diffusely portraying our system as one that does not reward merit and hard work.  Such if allowed to thrive may, in the long run, passively foster a noncommittal mindset for hardworking and professionalism among the upcoming generation.


We passionately demand that your administration maintains its fairness to our members by 

i. allowing all the Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADNs) that are due for promotion to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing (DDN) sit for the forthcoming promotion interview. 

ii. selecting DDNs from the ADNs based on merit anchored on outcome criteria of an inclusive promotion interview and performance evaluation.


CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                            NURSE G.I. NSHI
        National President                                                    National Secretary

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Following the move by UGONSA to make management of Hospitals recognize BNSc degree bagged by nurses (especially for those that did not receive approval letter from the management of their hospital prior to commencing the BNSc programme), which is the key for plying the directorate cadre in nursing service, the association had intervened in the case of eligible Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) with BNSc degree in Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA),  who were not shortlisted for promotion to the post of Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN) owing to the management claim that they had no permission of the management to run the BNSc degree.

UGONSA had set  to get the BNSc degree of nurses recognized by hospital managements while they are in school for smooth transition and qualification to run the directorate cadre. It is equally set to achieve such for those that have already graduated. But prioritizing the intervention based on urgency and exigency, it started the pilot scheme with CNOs and ADNs that are due for promotion interview for promotion to the post of  ADN and deputy director of Nursing (DDN) respectively in FETHA   on 1st April, 2019. 

Following the intervention for the CNOs and ADNs, the next batch of the intervention which shall be activated within next two weeks shall be for the nurses that have graduated and those that are still in school studying for the BNSc degree whose names the association had started compiling for the exercise in FETHA. The train shall move from FETHA to other hospitals round the federation in collaboration of UGONSA National leadership with UGONSA State and Unit executives.

Below is the text of the intervention letter for the CNOs due for promotion interview by 1st April, 2019 in FETHA: 

The Chief Medical Director (CMD),
Federal Teaching Hospital,
Abakaliki (FETHA).


Director of Administration, FETHA,


Head of Nursing Services, FETHA,



This association whose membership comprises Nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in Nursing brings you Nightingales’ greeting from her members! 

2. The complaints we received from our members who are in the rank of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in FETHA that are due for promotion to Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN) but were yet to be shortlisted for the forthcoming promotion interview despite having the requisite first degree in nursing [i.e. Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc)/Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc. Nursing)] informed our humble approach to your office to make some clarifications on the provisions of the extant circulars on the subject matter.  

3. Kindly recall that the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) had via a circular Ref No. HCSF/EPO/EIR/ CND/100/ST dated 7th September, 2016 approved a unified scheme of service for nurses wherein it inter alia abrogated lateral conversion by its declaration of “Nursing Officers” as the nomenclature for all nurses with the caveat that career progression beyond the post of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) shall be subject to acquisition of BSc Nursing degree from Universities accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) (Kindly refer Annexure A). 
4. Prior to the release of the aforementioned  circular for “Unified Schemes of Service for Nurses”, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) had categorically declared in an earlier circular, Ref No.2920/S.1/11/148/497 dated 17th April, 2015 that any Staff Nurse who acquired B.N.Sc/B.Sc Nursing from approved university shall be appropriately placed in the nursing officers’ cadre on the same grade and step and will be eligible for promotion/transfer after passing relevant interview (kindly refer Annexure B).

5. Following from the above, it is very clear and unambiguous that extant circulars provide that eligibility for promotion of a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) to Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN) is sine qua non to possession of first degree in nursing from an approved university, spending of at least three years on the post of CNO and passing relevant promotion interview. 

6. It is instructive to emphasize that despite that pursuing university education while working is not an easy adventure, out of our desire and campaign that nurses develop themselves continually in the field of nursing (for value added nursing services), the CNOs in concern hearkened and sacrificed their comfort and resources and engaged in perennial night shifts and spending weekends away from their families, just to squeeze out time from their tasking nursing duty schedules to gain university education for professional development in nursing so as to add rich value to the nursing services they render .   

7. There is no better way to reward such uncommon commitment towards professional development for value-added service than allowing all the CNOs with B.N.Sc/BSc. Nursing, who have spent at least three years on the post sit for promotion interview for the post of ADN.


We passionately call on your esteemed office to graciously conduct the forthcoming promotion interview for promotion to the post of Assistant Director of Nursing in line with the provisions of extant circulars by:

i. allowing all Chief Nursing Officers (CNO) with B.N.Sc/B.Sc. Nursing who have spent at least three years on the post of CNO sit for the forthcoming promotion interview for promotion to the post of Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN).

ii. selecting ADNs from the CNOs based on merit anchored on outcome criteria of an inclusive promotion interview and performance evaluation.


CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                              NURSE G.I. NSHI
     National President                                                         National Secretary

CC: Director of Finance, FETHA

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Saturday, 9 March 2019


To All UGONSA State/Unit Executives



The National leadership of UGONSA wishes to urge the Executives of State Chapters and local units of the association to be up and doing in carrying out our directive of keeping the association alive, progressive and responsive in our respective domains.

2. The National leadership’s intention is to empower States and Units to handle and resolve local issues and challenges locally, with reference to the National being executed only when problems had defied local interventions. 

3. Accordingly, we direct and authorize State executives to liaise with and coordinate units under them to checkoff Professional development dues of N1000 (one thousand naira) per month from Nurse Interns, and the regular monthly dues from working graduate nurses, and utilize accruing funds to pursue and galvanize support for positive aspirations of our members in States and Units.

4. While 40% of all funds realized shall be remitted to the National Coffers, 60% shall be retained by States and units as prescribed by our constitution. 

5. Funds must be prudently, transparently and judiciously deployed for resolution of local challenges, uplift of professionalism, public image and respectability of the nursing profession and most importantly promotion of qualitative client care in our respective states and units with credible accountability.

6. All dues checkoff must be directly remitted to States/Units bank accounts, catalogued National Accounts domiciled with States/Units, and not to private individuals’ accounts.

Kindly accept the assurances of familial regards.


CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                    NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                           National Secretary

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