FCT nurses demand training, retraining for efficiency

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) FCT chapter, on Friday, demanded more capacity building to enhance their efficiency at work.

FCT Chairman of NANNM, Deborah Yusuf, made this known during a courtesy visit to the Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Malam Adamu Bappah, in Abuja.

Mrs Yusuf explained that short and long-term training would go a long way to help the nurses to be updated with what is trending in the society as everything has gone digital.

“We are yet to benefit from any short term and long term training organised by the management unlike other professionals and staff of FCTA, which more than often benefit from such programmes.

“Our members are denied sponsorships and not released to pursue other professional programmes.

“They are either asked to resign or take a leave of absence, which will affect their career progression in line with the new scheme of service for nurses,’’ she said.

Yusuf said that the FCT nursing is surrounded with other issues like non-payment of arrears and rent allowance, shortage of manpower and non-upgrade of nurses.

Yusuf urged the HHSS Secretary to look into their complaints on the challenges and act on them accordingly.

Responding, Bappah urged the union members to give him their cooperation and support in order to move the secretariat forward.

He assured them that he would follow up on their complaints with various departments in the FCT and make sure something positive was done.

He said, “I believe you will keep doing the good jobs that you have been doing so that we will deliver the mandate and the responsibilities that are entailed.

“We have a lot of people who have applied, so the only thing is to get the approval of the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello to start this very important task.

“I assure you that we are going to follow it up for work to commence on that.

“Thank you for giving me the assurance that we will have a hitch-free industrial harmony throughout the time we will be here and if possible let it be extended even after my exit.”