Halt implementation of new nurse’s verification guidelines, Reps urge council 


The House of Representatives has urged the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria not to implement the Revised Guidelines for Verification of nurses in Nigeria, dated February 7, 2023, pending outcome of the investigation by the House.

The House Tuesday mandated its Joint Committees on Health Institutions and Legislative Compliance to investigate the controversy surrounding the Revised Guidelines and report to the House within six weeks to ensure compliance with the resolution.

A motion on the development was sponsored under matters of urgent public importance by Dr. Patrick Umoh, who noted that the there had been a Revised Guidelines for Verification of Certificate(s) dated February 7, 2024 issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, which will come into force on March 1, 2024.

He said the Revised Guidelines, among others, stipulates that applicants for verification must have a minimum of two years post qualification experience from the date of issuance of permanent practice licence; obtain a letter of good standing from the chief executive officer of applicant’s place of work and the last training institution attended, and that processing of application shall take a minimum of six months.