Saturday 16 July 2022

20th National Professional Conference Welcome Address

 The Chief Guest of Honour:  Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE,

The Executive Governor Ebonyi State,


The Special Guest of Honour: Chief Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii (AnyiChuks) (ably represented by Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu),

The PDP Gubernatorial Flagbearer, Ebonyi State.


The Guest of Honour and our able host: Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah, AOV,

The Chief Medical Director, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital (AE-FUTHA), Abakaliki


The Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eunice Nwonu,

Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences. University of Nigeria Enugu Campus


The Father of the Event: Comrade Mike Nnachi,

The National President, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM)


The Mother of the Event: Nurse Fransica Obianuju Okafor,

The Director of Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja


The Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Nurse Farouk Umar.

All other distinguished dignitaries present

Ladies and gentlemen!

It is my privilege to welcome you all to this epoch-making event of the 20th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA). The UGONSA National Professional Conference and Scientific Update is a classic event where scholars, researchers, and administrators in the nursing profession gather to exhibit and review scientific works and underlying nursing practice theories to improve general nursing knowledge and skills for enhanced qualitative client care.

This conference has been the bedrock of many achievements recorded by the nursing profession. Through this conference, we have been able to aggregate opinions, policies, and actions that translated to visible changes, such as the creation of a directorate of nursing at the federal ministry of health, internship, and proper placement for the graduate of Bachelor of Nursing Science degree, drive for implementation of the approved internship programme for the graduate nurses around the country, robust career support programme and scientific sessions for the nurse interns and improved general condition of service for nurses. We also run free IELTS training for our members. We have equally ensured that our scholars and clinicians are not shortchanged in promotion exercises in their place of work by offering them veritable platforms for aggregating and disseminating their scientific studies and knowledge vis-à-vis "book of abstracts" and "scientific journals." We recently transitioned our journal to both online and printed for wider dissemination of knowledge. We are hard cast at making our journal named "The Nursing Scope" the best of its kind in Africa within the next five years. We have an unwavering determination that our team of distinguished editorial team, drawn from across all continents and led by our erudite Professor I.O. Ehiemere will help us surpass our target within the next five years. In the same vein, we have also transitioned our membership registration and other businesses online such that members are carried along from anywhere they are on the earth. We have also expanded this conference to allow for the submission of abstracts by international participants and their participation through zoom. We are also continuously sensitizing our undergraduates in preparation for the arduous professional tasks ahead and give them a sense of belonging through their students’ union platform, NUNSA (Nigerian Universities Nursing Science Association).

Because of the growing rate of heart problems, even among young people, we have incorporated electrocardiography and basic life support (the American Heart Association's version) in the current conference. We are not only going to teach how to identify normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms and how to resuscitate victims of cardiac arrest but also an easy way of identifying cardiac rhythms from anywhere without an EKG machine. To help nurses continue to improve in the area of research and the use of empirical data to drive evidence-based patients' care, we have also incorporated SPSS statistics training as part of this conference with a view that participants will leave the conference being proficient in using the IBM SPSS statistical tool to generate statistical data. This, in addition to expositions by our scholars whose works we have listed in our book of abstracts, shall make our stay here worthwhile and remarkable. I also wish to mention that the newly achieved proper placement shall birth its hub of strategy for a nationwide implementation from this conference.

We will be honouring our dearest sister and mother of the event, Nurse Francisca Obianuju Okafor, with our highest honour bestowable on nurses, the GANV (Grand Ambassador of Nightingalic Virtues), and adopt her into the prestigious UGONSA hall of fame. Without her critical and speedy intervention at the most critical stage of the journey for the actualization of the proper placement, there would have been no proper placement to celebrate today. Other persons we would honour with GANV are Lady Lilian Uhiara - our second National President, who pioneered the establishment of The Nursing Scope Journal in the 1980s, and our pioneer national president, Late Archbishop Augustine Obarisagbon. We shall also honor Comrade Mike Nnachi, the first graduate nurse to become the President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), and Nurse C.A. Oloriegbe, a revitalization leader of the current UGONSA.

Ladies and gentlemen, our journey has been tortuous, but we have remained on top of the situation because of the indomitable selfless spirit of my executive members and the unwavering support from our members. As we have completed our two terms of 8 years and will be handing over to the next executives that will be elected at this conference, I make bold to say that we have laid a solid foundation for the incoming executives to succeed. Unlike when we came in, today, they have a registered association with an adequate fund, a functional journal, functional websites, career support programme, and operating structures. We believe that the achievement of the incoming executive shall trounce ours owing to the operational tools and resources we shall bequeath to them.

May I use this opportunity to commend my able Secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi, who was a formidable engine room of my administration. Even when he left the shores of Nigeria for the United States, he continued to live above expectations. I have never seen such a level of selflessness and commitment. I also wish to thank our NANNM National President, Comrade Mike Nnachi, and our dear Registrar NMCN, Nurse Farouk Umar, for the collaborative commitment that has resulted in great progress in our journey as a profession.

On this note, I welcome you all to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State – the salt of the nation for our 20th Professional Conference. As we deliberate on things that will bring responsive and productive changes to make nurses do more and better for the patients, we urge nurses and other members of the healthcare team to always treat and serve the patients as our personal kings and queens, for they are the reason for our existence. We owe our primary allegiance to them. I also urge our dignitaries and friends of the nursing profession to lead as the vanguard of advocacy for better deals for the nursing profession for nurses are to the hospital what mothers are to the family. When mothers are adequately taken care of, they perform magic with the children. Similarly, when nurses are well-taken care of, the patients are bound to reap the benefits bountifully. UGONSA is very much committed to an improved and effective healthcare delivery service in our country Nigeria and will continue to do everything within its capability to help reposition our bleeding healthcare system.

Ladies and Gentlemen! I thank you all for leaving your busy schedules to attend this conference. Thank you! 

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