Sunday, 11 September 2022

 ONLINE PAYMENT PLATFORM FOR UGONSA MONTHLY/WELFARE DUES

University Graduates of Nursing Science Association

Zonal Presidents and Secretaries,

States Chairmen and Secretaries,

Units Chairmen and Secretaries,

All Members.

 

ONLINE PAYMENT PLATFORM FOR MONTHLY/WELFARE DUES IS NOW AVAILABLE

The national leadership of UGONSA is aware of the challenges faced by some State chapters, Units, individuals, and nurse interns who are ever ready and willing to pay their constitutional mandated monthly dues, to support the ongoing determination of the association to reposition the nursing profession on the path of greatness but are hindered by their various institutional policies, including the inability to enroll on IPPIS platform for "on-the-source" deduction, and limited functional capacity of the association in some States and Units.

To enable members who genuinely wish to make their #1,000 (one thousand naira) monthly dues payments to have the capacity to pay without hindrance,the association has developed an online platform for dues payments.

To enroll, go to the association's website, www.ugonsa.org, and click on the option Monthly Dues Payment; follow the link and fill in the required information to complete your subscription.

 Dues paid are redistributed to States and units from which the money was paid in the manner prescribed by the constitution. Enrollment is for nurses and nurse interns who are not being checked-off by their States or units. Those that are already being checked off monthly should continue to pay to their States or Units

 The Era of UGONSA by mouth (UGM) is gone. With this development, there is no more acceptable excuse for not paying monthly dues. 

UGONSA! MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE.

Thank you.

Signed:

Nurse Ojo, Opeyemi I.                                                         Nurse Philip O. Eteng

National President                                                                 National Secretary

 

 

 

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Friday, 9 September 2022

UGONSA WRITES NMCN, REGISTRAR, CALL FOR URGENT ACTION TO TAUNT THE RECRUITMENT OF AUXILIARY NURSES BY KENULE BEESON SARO-WIWA POLYTECHNIC, RIVERS STATE.

In our determination to enforce the anti-quackery policy of the NMCN to eradicate from the profession any form of half-bake personel, the association has taken the bull by the horn by calling the attention of the Council on an unguided action of Kenule Beeson Saro-wiwa Polytechnic, Rivers State. The letter reads;

University Graduates of Nursing Science Association

Nightingale’s greetings from the national leadership of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), a Professional association of nurses with a minimum academic qualification of first degree in nursing science, to you and all the board members of NMCN.

2.      We write to draw the attention of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) to an advertisement placement from the Office of the Registrar, Kenule Beeson Saro-wiwa Polytechnic, P.M.B. 20, Bori, Rivers State, which was signed by the Registrar/Secretary of Council of the said Institution, Dr. Emmanuel Onwuka, where approval was given to the institution from the Rivers State Government for recruitment of both Teaching and Non-teaching staff for the institution. In the said advertisement, in its section “B. NON-TEACHING POSITIONS", (see attached annexure), a provision was made for the recruitment of "Auxiliary Nurses", which in a full sense of it, is inimical to the professional development of nursing and an obtuse mockery of the anti-quackery policy of the NMCN.

3.      Sir, if such an act from a critical institution of higher learning aimed at promoting quackery in a noble profession like Nursing is allowed to thrive, it will make an indelible negative dent in the public image of our dear nursing profession.

4.      It is in the light of above that we write for the Council to take an urgent, decisive action to nip such a misguided action of the institution in the bud.

5.      To the best of our knowledge, there is no known approval for "Auxiliary Nursing" by the NMCN or any regulatory body or commission saddled with the responsibility of Registering or licensing such category of personnel in the nursing profession and the Nigerian health system in general. It is incomprehensible how the institution singled out nursing to bastardize without extending such to other healthcare disciplines as they did not call for the recruitment of "Auxiliary Doctors", "Auxiliary Pharmacists", "Auxiliary Lab Scientists", etc., as they egregiously did to nursing.

6.      UGONSA believes strongly in the determination of the NMCN to promote Excellence in Nursing Education and Practice and in your capacity to address the above issue in the best interest of the Nursing Profession.

7.      Thank you.


Signed

                                                                   

Nurse Ojo, Opeyemi I.                                                         Nurse Philip O. Eteng

   National President                                                                    National Secretary

 

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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

UGONSA a.k.a GNAN WRITES NMCN, INTRODUCES NEW EXECUTIVES

 


INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW EXECUTIVES OF UNIVERSITY GRADUATES OF NURSING SCIENCE ASSOCIATION (UGONSA)

We convey the Nightingale’s greetings of our members to you and the entire board members of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

2.      We write to bring to your esteemed notice and to keep you abreast that UGONSA, during her just concluded 20th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, held from 12th to 17th July 2022, had an election that led to the emergence of a new national leadership.

3.      Under listed are the new national executive members and their portfolios:

                                i.            Nr. Ojo, Idowu Opeyemi        National President (Ekiti State)

                              ii.            Nr. Eteng, Philip Okori           General Secretary (Cross River State)

                            iii.            Nr. Afoi, B. Barry                   Deputy National President North (Kaduna State)

                            iv.            Nr. Nwodoh, Chijioke O.       Deputy National President East (Enugu State)

                              v.            Nr. Ojone, Matthew                Deputy National President West (Ondo State)

                            vi.            Nr. Averson Pius                     Assistant National Secretary North (Nasarawa State)

                          vii.            Nr. Ndu, Afam (PhD.)            Assistant National Secretary East (Anambra State)

                        viii.            Nr. Adewale, Kola                  Assistant National Secretary West (Oyo State)

                            ix.            Nr. Ede, Cecilia Ofike            National Treasurer (Ebonyi State)

                              x.            Nr. Ede Perpetual Ngozi         National Financial Secretary (Ebonyi State)

                            xi.            Nr. Charles A. Oloriegbe        National Public Relation Officer [PRO] (Delta State)

                          xii.            Nr. Musa, Bulus                      National Provost/Welfare (Bauchi State)

                        xiii.            Chief (Hon.) Egwuenu E. O. Solomon           Ex-Officio Member (Delta State)

                        xiv.            Nr. Nshi, Goodluck I.                                     Ex-Officio Member (Ebonyi State)

                          xv.            Nr. Onwusonye, Chioma Ume                       Ex-Officio Member (Abia State)

                        xvi.            Nr. Ade, Osasuyi                                            Ex-Officio Member (Edo State)

4.      Sir, we look forward to partnering with the council where and when necessary to continue repositioning our dear profession to live true to its meaning and purposes in Nigeria.

Please accept the assurances of our esteem regards.             

 

 

Signed:

                                                           

                                                                                                          

NURSE OJO, I. OPEYEMI                                                 NURSE PHILIP. O. ETENG

    National President                                                                  National Secretary

 

 

 

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RESOLUTIONS AT THE END OF UGONSA MAIDEN EXECUTIVES MEETING


 

All Zonal Presidents and Secretaries,

All States Chairmen and Secretaries,

All Units Chairmen and Secretaries.

 

RESOLUTIONS OF THE UGONSA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING

Following the meeting of the National Executives of UGONSA held on Tuesday 8th, August 2022, to strategize on how to advance the association's course and meet members' demands, the following resolutions, among others, were made.

1.      That all state chapters whose present executives had served for a period of eight (8) years and/or above should conduct elections and handover to new executives in line with the constitutionally stipulated elections guidelines.

2.      That henceforth, the association shall only attend to requests from nurses with evidence of registration with the association/or online verification of membership on the association’s website www.ugonsa.org showing their membership e-ID card number and are financially active to the association.

3.      That state chapters are encouraged to liaise with their zonal leaders to develop their state chapters’ letterhead for effective and official operations at the state level and to pursue certain demands from their various employers and other assignments.

4.      That States with no consensus on welfare dues should adopt a flat rate of N500 (five hundred naira). This, in addition to the monthly dues of N500 (five hundred naira) shall make the monthly checkoff dues (COD) a N1000 (one thousand naira) flat rate. States with welfare dues less than N1000 are advised to review it to foster befitting welfare packages for members in the face of skyrocketing inflation.

5.      That state chapters are to make a monthly remittance of forty percent (40%) of all revenues generated in their states into the national account as contained in Article XI paragraph 2b of our constitution (page 17). And to remit all outstanding non-remittances accruable to the National to the following account details:

Account Name: University Graduates of Nursing Science Association

Account Number: 3089525712

Bank: First Bank PLC.

6.      In cases where the National directly checked off dues from members, it shall remit 40% to the State and 20% to the unit where such revenue was generated as stipulated in Article XI- subsections b,c,d.

 Thank you.

Signed:

Nur. Ojo, Oyeyemi                                                                            Nur. Eteng, Philip O.

National President                                                                              National Secretary

 

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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

UGONSA WRITES ALL HEADS OF HEALTH INSTITUTION ON PROPER PLACEMENT IMPLEMENTATION

 UGONSA has written to all heads of institutions, CMDS/MDs, on implementation of proper placement. The draft of the letter signed by the National President, Nur. I.O. Ojo and the National Secretary, Nur. P/O/ Eteng, is reproduced below:

The Chief Medical Director (CMD),

Attention:

Director of Administration& Head of Nursing Services

Sir/Madam

A Request to Implement Enhanced Entry Point Circular for Graduate Nurses in Your Institution

This association, the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), whose members comprise Nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing, brings you her fraternal Nightingale’s greeting.

      2.      We are writing to call your esteemed attention to the circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Ref No.HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/CND.100/S.8/72 dated 27th June, 2022, conveying the approval of enhanced entry point for nurses with a first degree in nursing as approved by the National Council on Establishments (NCE) at its 43rd Meeting held in Abuja from 24th to 28th January, 2022 (Kindly Refer Annexure A).

      3.      We request that you implement the circular in your institution effective from the approval/adjustment date (i.e., January, 2022) in line with the existing template for implementation of such circulars as outlined by an earlier circular from the office of the HCSF Ref No. B.63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002, which inter alia granted that anytime the base grade of any cadre in the Civil Service of the Federation is enhanced, that only officers within the cadre whose positions fall below the new entry point are adjusted but that the date of the adjustment shall be retained as the seniority date on the new (base) grade. (Kindly refer to Annexure B).

       4.      Consequently, we hereby request that any nurse with a first degree in nursing who is still below Grade Level 10 (.i.e., CONHESS 09) should be immediately upgraded to CONHESS 09, with retention of their current steps effective from January 2022. At the same time, those already on CONHESS 09 should be adjusted upward in steps to maintain seniority and relativity effective from same date (. i.e., January 2022).

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.

 

Signed

 

 

Nurse I.O. Ojo                                                                              Nurse P.O. Eteng

National President                                                                     National Secretary

 

  


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