From Musliudeen Adebayo
The National President, Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW), the umbrella body of all Social Workers in Nigeria, Alhaji Mashood Mustapha has lamented that the only core profession without a regulatory framework in Nigeria is Social Work.
Mustapha made this declaration while speaking at a four-day 35th National Conference/ Annual General Meeting of the association themed “Social Work Regulatory Framework: A Pathway to Promoting Effective Relationships”, which came to an end at the weekend in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
At the event were the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaji Fausat Sanni, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Abosede Abioye, Controller of Immigration Service, Oyo State Command, Mr. Saleh Abdullahi, a Professor of Social Work at the University of Ibadan, Professor James Ayangunna and Executive Director, Initiative for Integrated Community Welfare in Nigeria, Dr. Ebunlomo Walker.
Others are veteran Social Workers among whom are Chief Lasisi Ayoade Busari, Dr. Julius Ola Ojesina and Mr. Mufutau Olaniyan Hammed who were awarded by the association for their selfless services and over two hundred registered Social Workers from the six geo-political zones in the country.
Mustapha while addressing journalists lamented that “Nigerian Council for Social Work (Establishment) Bill 2017, a bill which seeks to regulate the practice of Social Work in Nigeria, which was passed at the Senate in December 2017 and re-passed as “Nigerian Council for Social Work (Establishment) Bill 2019” in May 2019 by the Senate in 2019 is still pending at the National Assembly.
He used the medium to called on the National Assembly to forward the bill to President Buhari for his assent without waisting more time as he appealed to Buhari to sign the bill as soon as it gets to his table.
“We are talking about framework that will regulate the practice of Social Work in Nigeria, the bill is important to us. If you look at medicine, law and engineering, they are appropriately regulated, we are now saying that we want social work to be regulated too in oder to put a round peg in round hole, to have best practice and to eradicate quackery in Nigeria.
“The bill, “Nigeria Council of Social Work Bill 2019”, is very important to us because Social Work is the only core profession that has not been regulated in the country and this make it so porous where people who are not competent to practice are doing so. This bill is the only instrument that will give legal support to our practice and that is why it is so much important to us. We have seen some people who claimed to be practicing Social Work and they are not, and then the outcome is very poor. This bill will regulate the practice of the profession in the country.