Tuesday 26 February 2019


The Registrar,
Ekiti State University (EKSU),
P.M.B 5363 , Ado-Ekiti,
Ekiti State, Nigeria.


Director of Health Centre,
Ekiti State University,
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.



Nightingales’ greeting from members of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum of first degree in nursing. 

2. We write to bring to your esteemed attention the extant situation on the placement of graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) degree in the Civil Service post-NYSC (National Youth Service Corps).

3. Kindly note that on September 8, 2016 the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) released a circular, Ref No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, which prescribed the placement of graduates of BNSc degree as Grade Level 09 (.i.e CONUNAS 08) post-NYSC. The release of the referred circular was sequel to National Council on Establishment (NCE) meeting held on July 22, 2016 in Minna, Niger State, which Ekiti State Government was ably part and parcel of.

4. Following the release of the circular, the placement of graduate nurses in the civil service anywhere in Nigeria became Grade Level 09 post-NYSC (.i.e. the equivalent of the CONUNAS 08).

5. This was as evidenced by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) Circular, Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017, which succinctly clarified that the extant placement of graduates of BNSc degree post-NYSC is GL 09 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular by office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation) and that Nursing officers who were already in the service before this date, and are still below this new base shall be upgraded to the new base (.i.e. Grade Level 09) effective from the said date of release of the circular (.i.e. 8th September, 2016).

6. To ensure speedy implementation of the circulars by all institutions that employ graduate nurses, the FMOH vide another circular Ref No. C.6093/T/16 dated February 20, 2018 directed heads of institutions to expressly effect the proper placement of graduate nurses. This resulted in massive implementation of the circular in many institutions round the federation including in Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), the teaching Hospital of your University, EKSU.

7. We therefore most respectfully request that you kindly implement the proper placement of graduates of BNSc degree in your own institution, EKSU.

8. Attached herewith are the referenced circulars and documents.

We most respectfully demand that you 

1. upgrade existing nursing officers who were on CONUNAS 07 before the release of the circular to the new base of CONUNAS 08 (.i.e. 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 (please refer the attached circular).

2. commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONUNAS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONUNAS 07 after 8th September, 2016 to CONUNAS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!


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

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