Thursday 12 January 2023





Dear Colleagues, the National leadership of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), a.k.a, Graduates Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN), expressed her sincere gratitude to God Almighty for how far He has led us, and for all the successes we have achieved individually, as an association and indeed the Nursing Profession as a whole in the year 2022.


Taking a retrospective view of where we were as a profession a few years ago up to early this year, and where we are today, we have a course to say thank you to God for all you have done for us.

The situation of graduate nurses in Nigeria over the past few years was pitiable and that of regret for taking a university voyage in the first place, we were regarded as, and indeed placed as a second-class group of health professionals, we were the laughing stock in the healthcare sector even among our very colleagues who are without BNSc degree. We were so dispirited that hopes were fading, and the level of brain drain among health and medical workers especially nurses leading to the exodus migration of nurses to the western world for greener pastures was and is an expression of our situation. It was as if our voices were not heard despite celebrating “NURSES A VOICE TO LEAD”, The situation was best described by the Chief Medical Director of one of our Teaching Hospitals where he said, “three to four out of every letter he receives on daily basis was that of the resignation of appointment from mostly nurses” in his facility. Dear colleagues, in all these, we were resilient and demonstrated courage, keeping the faith alive in our struggles for a better nursing profession.


Professional colleagues, it’s no longer news that after a long period of struggles, professional patience and perseverance, a circular Ref. No. HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/CND.l00/S.8/72 dated 27th June 2022 was issued from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation conveying the approval of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) for Enhanced Entry Point for Nursing Officer Cadre (SGL10-17) from SGL 9 to SGL 10 upon completion of the one-year internship, and NYSC scheme, effective 28th January 2022. The association in her usual way reacted promptly by issuing a follow-up letter with the circular and circulated it to almost all health facilities for urgent implementation of the circular.

The association in the year under review hosted its 20th National Annual Profession Conference and Scientific Update at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Capital, where there was a change of mantle of leadership to the current national leaders,

The year equally witnessed the implementation of the above circular in most federal health institutions where nurses with B.NSc degree post internship and NYSC were appointed into Nigerian civil service on SGL 10 (CONHESS 9) in parity with our counterpart in the healthcare sector, like Medical Laboratory Scientist, Pharmacist, Medical Radiographers, Physiotherapist etc, as against CONHESS 7 & 8 that was the case in the previous years. Above all, we are all alive to witness the actualization of our long struggle.


In spite of the above achievements, the association still believe that there is a lot more to fight for, these include:

          i.            The struggle for implementation of the cited circular in all federal, state and private institutions and facilities that engage the services of graduate nurses,

       ii.            Adjustment of SGL of nurses with B.NSc degrees who were already employed before the 28th of January, 2022 without evidence of internship participation.

     iii.            Placement of newly employed nurses with B.NSc degrees without evidence of participation in internship scheme on the new base grade (SGL 10)

      iv.            Placement of nurse interns on SGL 9 as the case with other core healthcare professionals

        v.            Commencement of the struggle for call duty allowance for all B.NSc degree holders as the case with other core healthcare professionals

      vi.            Collaboration with our mother association to push for an increased percentage of shift allowance for graduate nurses.

Dear colleagues, as we acknowledged the fact that Rome was not built in a day, yet the above struggles speak to the issue that there is more to be done.

As we celebrate the new year, let us be thankful to God who has been so gracious towards us, and pray that the year 2023 and beyond shall lead us to a place of more accomplishment as an association and profession.

For all of you who have stood by the association and indeed the nursing profession all through the struggles and years, we salute your courage and pray that you continue to join hands together to enthrone the nursing profession of our dream. Most importantly, Let’s ensure that we translate the university degrees, knowledge and skills we acquired in our various institutions into qualitative client and patient care as they are the reason for our professional existence.

From all the National Leadership of UGONSA, we say HAPPY NEW YEAR to you; we wish all of you a Prosperous new year and years ahead as you continue to Make a Positive Change wherever you are.






Nurse Ojo Opeyemi I.          

 National President                                                                            


 Nurse Philip O. Eteng

 National Secretary


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