Nigerian nurses drag NMCN, Registrar to court

Nigerian Nurses have dragged the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, NMCN, to court over its recent circular for requesting verification of certificates for nurses and midwives to foreign nursing boards or councils.

Also joined in the suit as 2nd defendant is the Registrar/Secretary General of NMCN, Dr. Faruk Umar Abubakar.

DAILY POST recalls that the circular issued by Faruk on February 7, 2024, has been attracting mixed reactions from stakeholders.

The controversial circular, among other things, provides that, “Eligible applicants must have a minimum of two (2) years post qualification experience from the date of issuance of the permanent practising licence. Any application with a provisional licence shall be rejected outrightly.

“The Council shall request a letter of Good Standing from the Chief Executive Officer of the applicant’s place(s) of work and the last nursing training institution attended, and responses on these shall be addressed directly to the Registrar/CEO, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Please note that the Council shall not accept such letter(s) through the applicant.”

Aggrieved nurses, under the auspices of Incorporated Trustees of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association, have now approached a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, seeking a judicial interpretation of Faruk’s action.

The suit, with No FHC/E/CS/22/2024, was filed by the counsel to the plaintiffs, Barr Chijioke Ezeh.



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