Nurses in Nigeria Threaten Nationwide Strike Over Certificate Verification Dispute

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has announced that its members will embark on a nationwide strike following the expiration of a 48-hour ultimatum given to the Nigeria and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) over stringent certificate verification guidelines.

The nurses staged a peaceful protest on February 12, 2024, demanding the review of the verification guidelines, which they believe would hinder their freedom to practice. The statement also called for the immediate withdrawal of the new circular and the reopening of the verification portal without conditions.

Also, the nurses also demanded improved nurses’ welfare, increased hazard allowance, improved working conditions, and increased support for professional development opportunities. The statement criticized the NMCN registrar and other nursing leaders for their actions and called for the establishment of an independent regulatory body.

The NANNM is in solidarity with nurses in Oyo, Ondo, and Bayelsa states who are holding protests against oppression. The NANNM has given the NMCN an ultimatum of 48 hours to meet its demands.

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