FG COMMITTED TO IMPROVEMENT OF SOCIAL WORK IN NIGERIA
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, mni, NPOM, says the Federal government is committed towards the improvement of social work in the Country.
The Permanent Secretary made the remark during a courtesy visit by the Nigeria Association of Social Workers , in Abuja.
He said everything the Ministry is doing is anchored by social workers, and called on the Association to partner with the Ministry to make social work easier, more successful and sustainable in the country.
Dr Gwarzo told the President of the Association to come up with a very ambitious and practicable action plan and set a target for Nigeria.
He charged the Association to be strategically bold and align their operations with the Ministry’s activities in social services delivery.
The Permanent Secretary also used the occasion to remind the Association that he was also a health and social worker by his background as a medical doctor, a public health physician and epidemiologist, who spent over 30 years working in the field handling one epidemic or another, at community level.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of the Nigeria Association of Social Workers, Alh. Mashood Mustapha, stated that they were in the Ministry to celebrate social workers, being a global event to recognise the social services across the globe and the great effort social workers are making towards improvement of humanity.
He said the theme for this year is ” Respecting Diversity Through Joint Social Action”.
“Its all about been there for one another, its all about humility and understanding the diversity, to move forward as a nation”.
He thanked the ministry for what they have been doing in improving humanity through its various social programmes.
The President of the Association also congratulated the Ministry on the signing of the Nigeria Council of Social Work (Regulatory) Bill into law in December, 2022, by President Muhammadu Buhari, which would give legal backing to social practice in Nigeria. The passage of the Bill is a great achievement to the President and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The Bill will promote quality social service delivery to the social work community in Nigeria.
Alh. Mustapha said they look forward to having a symbiotic relationship with the Ministry towards the implementation of the Bill .
The Director Social Development of the Ministry, Taiwo Bashorun Ademola, in a vote of thanks commended the Permanent Secretary for approving training programmes for social workers and so case management officers. He said such trainings have not been organised in the past 28 years.
In attendance were Directors of the Ministry and members
of the Nigeria Association of Social Workers
Rhoda Ishaku Iliya
Deputy Director Information
30th March, 2023