We Can't Do Legitimate Duties Because We Are Yet To Be Legislated, Say Social Workers

Nigeria Association of Social Workers at it's 2022 world social day tagged "Co-Building a new eco-social world: leaving no one behind" has pleaded to the federal government for a full fledge abided law that will guide the practice of the profession. 

This appealed was made by the Chairman, Ogun State chapter of the association, Prince Adesina Adetoye at the 2022 World social day celebration held at Women Development training center, in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital.

Present at the event included the permanent secretary, ministry of women Affairs and social development Mrs Melutia Ogunremi, Special Assistant to the state governor on inter-ethnic matters, Prince Hadi Sanni, the association national secretary, Dr. Balogun Olakunle Olagunju among others.

Prince Adetoye hinted that despite all the mechanism and efforts by the association, they are yet to be legislated. 

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Council for social work establishment bill has been before the national assembly since 2012 and it's yet to be passed to law.

The state chairman appealed to states and federal government to fasting the passage of bill saying that the association really need to be transformed.

According to him, "transformation" is one of the most viable challenge the association is facing.

"One of the most viable challenge the association is facing is transformation of the association to become a full fledge abided by the law of Nigeria as a profession.

"We are using this medium to implore the federal government and other stakeholders involved in ensuring that this profession that has been serving the society in all area of engagement being transformed into a full fledge association." Adetoye appealed.

He therefore appealed to social workers across the 36 states to act as one in whatever they do.

The National Secretary of the Association, Dr. Balogun Olagunju also appealed to the federal government to as a matter of urgency, give a social works bill a quick passage saying that the delay in the passage is really affecting their practice.

Olagunju expressed optimism that if the bill which has been at the national assembly for some time now has been passed it will give their job more recognition in Nigeria.

The national secretary, who is also a senior lecturer in Tai Solarin University, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode argued that the delay in passage of social work bill is really affecting their practice, saying that if the bill passed, it will give them an edge in carrying out there legitimate duties in Nigeria. 

According to him, the delay is really affecting us, because when you are not licensed to do your job, you wouldn't do it well or when such job is being done and nobody give you recognition.

"Our appeal to the state government is to tell the federal government to give our bill a quick passage"

In her goodwill message, the permanent secretary ministry of women Affairs and social development, Mrs Melutia Ogunremi said social workers are highly important in the society and in the life of people.

The permanent secretary hinted that social workers job is also to take care of elderly, encouraging them to always be of help to the society.
"I want to say to those that have been doing to continue, I believe there's a blessing for those that does it diligently.", Ogunremi said.

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