Nurses from the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), FCT Chapter, have protested against the newly introduced verification certification guidelines by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
The NMCN circular, released on Feb. 7, imposes a requirement for nurses to have a minimum of two years of post-qualification experience before obtaining a verification certificate to practice abroad.
This follows the deactivation of the council’s verification portal in December 2023.
Addressing the protestors, Dr. Farouk Abubakar, the Registrar of the council, assured the nurses that their concerns would be addressed promptly.
He acknowledged their grievances and promised a holistic review of the issues raised, emphasizing that policies are intended for the best interests of Nigerians.
Abubakar urged the nurses to return to their workplaces, assuring them of a timely response within a few days.