NMCN Revised Guidelines for Verifying Certificates, Halted.

The revised guidelines set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) for the verification of certificates for nurses and midwives, has been stopped

The House of Representatives reached the decision to stop the guidelines following a motion of urgent public importance raised by Rep. Patrick Umoh, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, during Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja.

Hon. Umoh who is from Akwa Ibom state, argued that the two-year post-qualification experience prerequisite was unreasonable, arbitrary, and unfair.

He said it could impede the educational pursuits of nurses who sought further training in foreign universities.

Hon. Umoh noted that the demand for applicants to secure a letter of good standing from their employers, could subject applicants to arbitrary decisions of their employers, likening it to a form of modern slavery.

The House adopted the motion and urged the NMCN to postpone the implementation of the revised guidelines pending an investigation by the House.

It mandated the House Committees on Health Institutions and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with the resolution and to investigate the controversies surrounding the revised guidelines, with a report expected within six weeks.

The revised guidelines, stipulated among other things, that applicants for verification must possess a minimum of two years of post-qualification experience from the date of obtaining a permanent practice license, secure a letter of good standing from the CEO of the applicant’s workplace and the last training institution attended, with the processing time expected to be a minimum of six months.

Dated February 7, 2024, the guidelines was to take effect on March 1, 2024.

NIM (with input from Nairametrics)

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