The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives on Monday, held a demonstration in Abuja to express their opposition to the strict certification guidelines recently issued by the Nigeria and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The nurses argued that these new regulations were designed to impede their ability to explore professional prospects, and they called on the council to address various concerns, including salary levels, staff shortages, and other rights affecting their well-being.
Activities at the NMCN’s office located at the Life Camp came to a standstill due to a protest.
According to the nurses, the purpose of the protest was for the demonstrators to meet with the council’s registrar.
A nurse named Cynthia Adeyeri, speaking on behalf of the protesters, said, “We are gathered here today to deliver a letter to our registrar, Mr. Farouk, and to express our dissatisfaction with the verification rules that were released on February 7th.
“We strongly oppose the requirement of working for two years in Nigeria before being allowed to leave. We also reject the necessity of obtaining a letter of good standing from our Chief Medical Director before departure.
“Our healthcare infrastructure is in a deplorable state, which is why our healthcare professionals are leaving. They seek better salaries and working conditions elsewhere.
“Therefore, we demand an increase in our pay and the creation of a more favorable environment within our system.”