Sunday 11 February 2024


The Registrar,

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN),

Plot 713, Cadastral Zone,

P.M.B. 5328,

Wuse, Abuja.




The National Executive Council of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) write on behalf of our members and numerous Nigerian nurses both within the country and in the diaspora, who have expressed profound concerns and dismay over the recent policy update regarding the nursing registration verification process introduced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). This letter is a collective outcry against what is perceived as an unfair, retrogressive, and anti-progress policy that not only undermines the professional standing and welfare of Nigerian nurses but also significantly hampers their ability to seek and leverage international opportunities.

2. It is disheartening to note that the Nigerian system, through this new policy, seems to work against the welfare of its nurses. The global demand for nurses offers Nigerian nurses an unprecedented opportunity to elevate their careers, improve their living standards, and contribute significantly to the global healthcare system. By imposing policies that unduly restrict their mobility, NMCN is not only curtailing individual professional growth but also inadvertently contributing to the brain drain that deprives our healthcare system of skilled professionals as those who eventually exit the system with frustration will never think of returning to make it a brain gain for the system. Nurses are seeking international opportunities not out of sheer desire for emigration but as a response to being more valued and better-remunerated abroad. It is imperative that our systems support rather than hinder their aspirations.

3. The requirement for nurses to obtain a letter of good standing from their educational institutions introduces an unnecessary and cumbersome bottleneck. Many nurses have graduated over a decade ago from both foreign and local universities, and the logistical nightmare of reconnecting with foreign universities for needless documentation viz-a-viz letter recommendation is both impractical and may be viewed as insensitive by Nigerian nurses as many of their faculty members who knows them must have left the system. This requirement does not account for the realities of time and changes within educational institutions, placing an undue burden on our nurses.

4. Moreover, the policy's stipulation for a two-year delay in registration verification has far-reaching and personal implications for nurses, especially those who want to further their education outside the country and rely on working to support their educational goals abroad. This policy will automatically bar them from practicing nursing abroad and put them in financial difficulty and with potential drop out overseas. The implications of this policy also extend beyond professional boundaries, affecting the very fabric of the family structure in our nursing community. It is also capable of destroying the social fabric of Nigerian nurses, especially those whose families or spouses are abroad. Such delays not only disrupt professional progress but also have profound emotional and psychological impacts, as they impede family reunification and contribute to the disintegration of family units as they will be forced to stay in Nigeria to work for two years. In addition, it also amounts to forced labour, which occurs when individuals are compelled against their will to provide work or service through the use of force. Explicitly, the International Labour Organization’s Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29) states that “forced or compulsory labour is all work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.” This will no doubt be counterproductive to the renewed hope agenda of the current administration in Nigeria.

5. Furthermore, the directive to obtain a letter of good standing from chief executive officers, predominantly medical doctors, is a direct affront to the autonomy of the nursing profession. This requirement not only undermines the professional independence of nurses but also exposes them to potential exploitation and abuse. It is universally acknowledged that the professional body responsible for the registration of nurses has the rightful authority to issue any letter of good standing. This norm is recognized globally and should be upheld by the NMCN to protect the dignity, autonomy, and welfare of Nigerian nurses.

6. In light of the aforementioned concerns, we strongly urge the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to reconsider and withdraw the current registration verification policy. We request a policy revision that aligns with international best practices, respects the autonomy and dignity of the nursing profession, and facilitates rather than impedes the professional growth and mobility of Nigerian nurses, thereby avoiding unnecessary litigation from concerned nurses.

7. UGONSA encourages NMCN to convey high-powered meetings of elders with a significant representative from young nurses and the student body to allow them to accept and take ownership of any decision that comes from that dialogue.

8. As reality has dawned on policymakers on the value of nurses in Nigeria, UGONSA encourage the NMCN to use this opportunity to push for better deals for Nigerian nurses, especially recognition of our postgraduate certificates in clinical settings while unions push for pronounced appointment of nurse consultants, Nurses’ special salary structure, ward custodian allowance, retained allowance, and other deserved allowances.

9. The nursing community in Nigeria and abroad looks forward to an expedited resolution of this matter, ensuring that the policies enacted serve the best interests of nurses, the healthcare system, and the nation at large. We remain committed to constructive dialogue and collaboration with the NMCN to achieve a favourable outcome for all stakeholders.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We eagerly await your positive response and the initiation of steps towards the revision of this policy.


Signed by Nr. Opeyemi Ojo and Nr. Eteng, Philip. The National President and National Secretary,


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Saturday 6 January 2024




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UGONSA describes Nigerian Nurses' contributions to healthcare as invaluable, and their compassionate care as a beacon of hope in her New Year message to Nigerian Nurses, signed by her National President Nr. Opeyemi Ojo and the National Secretary Nr. Eteng, Philip. The message read thus

As we step into the new year, the National executives of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) extend their heartfelt gratitude to all its members and all Nigerian nurses as a whole for their unwavering dedication to the noble field of nursing despite the challenging circumstances we face. Our commitment to patient care remains resolute, even in the face of economic hardship and inadequate government financial support.

2. In these trying times, our tireless efforts have been a beacon of hope for countless individuals relying on the compassionate care only nurses can provide. Let us stand united, drawing strength from our shared mission of togetherness for a new height in Nigerian nursing and prioritize the well-being of those entrusted to our care. The spirit may seem low due to the prevailing economic hardship in the country, discouraging government circulars coupled with unfulfilled government promises. The continuous exploitation of the lacuna in our proper placement circular by some CMDs and MDs to deny our nurses of their rightful placement is also disheartening and extremely depressing. Against all odds, our dedication to patient care remains a shining example of compassion and resilience, and the world is inspired by our untiring commitment to work and our obligation to humanity.

3. The past year has tested our resolve and staunch dedication to providing quality healthcare as our source of inspiration. Together, let us fortify our commitment to excellence in nursing, recognizing that our impact goes beyond the confines of financial constraints. In the new year, let us stand united in advocating for the recognition and support our profession deserves. Despite the obstacles, our tireless efforts make a profound difference in the lives of those we serve. Our compassion is a beacon of hope, and our commitment to patient well-being is the cornerstone of our association. Together, we shall navigate the challenges ahead, advocating for the recognition and support our profession rightfully deserves. Let this new year be a testament to our dedication, turning adversity into opportunities for growth and positive change.

4. May the coming months bring not only personal and professional success but also the acknowledgment and support we need to continue our vital work. Let us forge ahead with determination, knowing that our contributions to healthcare are invaluable and appreciated. May the new year bring opportunities for growth, professional fulfillment, and the acknowledgment of our invaluable contributions to healthcare. Together, we shall navigate challenges and continue to elevate the standards of nursing practice. Wishing you all a year filled with strength, resilience, compassion, achievements, and the fulfillment that comes from making a positive impact on the lives of those we serve

Warm regards

Warm regards.



NR OPEYEMI OJO                                                                          NR ETENG PHILIP 

NATIONAL PRESIDENT                                                              NATIONAL SECRETARY 

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