By Stanley Onyekwere
To ensure optimal efficiency in tackling health challenges, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reiterated readiness for continuous training and re-training of nurses, midwives and other medical practioners in the Territory.
This position was articulated by the Mandate Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Malam Adamu Abubakar Bappah.
Bappah, made the pledge while interacting with the executive of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) FCT Chapter, on a courtesy visit to his office.
He stressed the need for the union members to give him their cooperation and support, in order to move the Secretariat to another level.
He therefore assured them that he would follow up their complains one after the other with the various departments in the FCT.
“I believe you will keep doing the good jobs that you have been doing so that we will deliver the mandate and responsibilities that the Administration entailed in us.
“We have a lot of people that have applied, so the only thing is for us to get the approval of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to start this very important task and with the current Administration of our eable Minister in FCTA, we are going to follow it up for work to commence on that,” he added.
Earlier, the Union chairperson, Mrs. Deborah Yusuf, demanded for more capacity building to enhance their efficiency at work during their maiden courtesy call to the Secretary in his office.
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 today, 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 often benefits from such programme’s.
“Our members are denied sponsorships and not released to pursue other professionals programme, 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 explained.
The union chairperson observed that the FCT Nurses are surrounded with other issues like non-payment of arrears and rent allowance, shortage of manpower and non-upgrading of nurses.
She therefore urged the FCT Administration through the HHSS to look into their plight and challenges, by swiftly acting on them accordingly.