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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Health Workers Insist Strike Continues Until Conclusion Of Negotiations


There are indications that the on-going indefinite strike embarked upon by health workers by the Joint Health Sector Unions may soon be called off even as the unions insist that the industrial action continues until after negotiations are concluded at the weekend.
The government and the unions were believed to have signed an agreement in the early hours of Wednesday after about nine hours meeting with the unions informing the government team led by the Ministers of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige and his Health counterpart, Prof. Isaac Adewole that they need to get back to their members.
The unions are expected to return to the negotiating table with the government team on Saturday after their National Executive Council meeting.

In a statement made available to newsmen late Wednesday night, the unions asked its members nationwide to await further directive from the leaders, while asking state councils who were supposed to join the strike on Thursday to hold on and await further instruction.

The statement signed by the Chairman, Biobelemoye Joy Josiah and Secretary, Florence Ekpebor reads: “As a result of the on-going negotiation between JOHESU and the Federal Government, the leadership of JOHESU wish to inform all members that negotiation is on-going and the strike continues nationwide in all Federal Health Institutions and further directives will be given after meeting with Federal Government on Saturday, 30th September, 2017.

“In the light of the above, state councils are further directed to put on hold the commencement of their strike initially billed for Thursday, 28th of September, 2017 due to the on-going talks.

“JOHESU commends members nationwide for their steadfastness and we hope that government will seize this opportunity to effectively meet our demands in order to shorten the life span of the strike.”

Friday, 15 September 2017

#Fresh NSP REACTS TO THE RELEASE BY MRTB RECONCILIATORY COMMITTEE


RE : MRTB RECONCILIATION MEETING.
The attention of Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP), the umbrella body of all Physiotherapists founded 1959 has been drawn to the release that does not represent the true position of NSP. The release was posted on official Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria (MRTB) facebook page and is now being circulated on social media. The release titled "Reconciliation Committee sues for Lasting Peace amongst Conflicting Gladiators in the Physiotherapy Association" announcing a purported communique/outcome of the Reconciliation meeting held at the Conference room of MRTB, Yaba,Lagos on the 6th of September, 2017.
We wish to state that NSP, in accordance with our ideology, participated in the interest of peace and unity for our profession and also to respect the institution of MRTB and her leadership. We categorically want to state here that the release in circulation was not a true representation of the actual events at the meeting on that day BUT there was an agreement for peace to thrive and allow unity in the body of Physiotherapy in Nigeria which was the message to the meeting championed by NSP representatives led
by her president, Dr Ahmad Yusuf Rufai as against the unacceptable coalition option brought to the table by MRTB and aggrieved group. We also agreed to having a panel with three representatives each from both parties to help work out modalities for harmony and restoration of all physiotherapists in one professional body. At the end of the meeting, we did not deem it fit to agree to sign a resolution which we observed to have been written prior to commencement of the meeting.
There were ONLY two resolutions at the reconciliation meeting
1) Both groups agreed to work together towards one professional body of Physiotherapists.
 2) Both groups also resolved to forward names of 3 members each to represent them on the proposed committee.
NSP leadership accepted to be part of future engagements with a view that harmony is possible if we continue to engage one another and all parties involved get committed to achieving it. The events of the day was viewed by our team as desired outcome in progress at the moment. However, attempt by the MRTB committee to insert the resolution
of their committee's meeting which did not form part of discussion during the reconciliation meeting was rebuffed by NSP delegation therefore, NSP didn't sign the Communique because some items on it were not part of the resolutions of the reconciliation meeting.
We were taken aback, yesterday, by the premature release of a communique and we wish to state thisaction is capable of truncating a peaceful resolution and unity we so much desire.

In line with our position at the Reconciliation meeting, we want to again state the following:
1) NSP or her representatives did not agree to any constitutional breach at her election in 2016 but rather a constitutional interpretational differences by the parties present at vetting.
a) Qualification of candidates was done in accordance with the constitution of NSP considering individual's registration/ membership status with NSP
b) Constitutional procedures were duely followed and the election of NSP officers as ratified by AGM was credible
c) Vetting procedure was done with the involvement of the representatives of the candidates and candidates were cleared in accordance with the requirements of the constitution only.
2) There was no time at the Kaduna election in 2016 that there was poor supervision by key officers responsible for strict adherence to constitutional application on election
3) List of delegates per state was available on the day of election and state chapter executives had access to clarify list with the finance team of the then NSP executives
4) The decision to boycott election by some candidate, on their own, was no way a ground by anyone to invalidate or undermine the election process and the result.
5) Kaduna State branch of NSP duely won the right to host 56th Conference of NSP and election was conducted at the Conference venue and never in an atmosphere hostile to smooth and fair election.
However, it can only be said that all candidates equally experienced normal tension usually associated with conduct of elections at this level
6) The role of the immediate past Secretary of NSP, Dr Olaniyi Oladire (PT) who coordinated vetting process with the involvement of the representatives of the candidates was in order and did not in any way breach NSP constitution or invalidate election process.
7) NSP attended the reconciliation meeting called by the Registrar of MRTB only because our leadership recognised the fact that no sacrifice was be too much for reconciliation and we decided to be part despite the overt obvious fact with us that nearly all the appointed reconciliation committee members are open supporters of Professor Rufus Adedoyin.

We would like to emphasize that as a mother we are willing to continue with the peace process if the corrections are effected and whatever be the final outcome of the MRTB conciliation committee must be submitted to a full house of d AGM of the NSP which elected Dr Rufai and his team.

In light of the above statements of fact against earlier circulated misrepresentation and subsequent disaffection being caused by the unfortunate release, we wish to again restate NSP's commitment to a peaceful resolution of the issues emanating from her 2016 election in Kaduna and an early integration of all parties involved in accordance with the wishes of our living founding father, Dr T.A Abayomi Oshin, other elders who before now recommended oneness and our peace coexistence as solutions for rapid growth and development of Physiotherapy in Nigeria.

Accept the warmest regards from NSP NEC.
Yours faithfully
Dr Odusanya Oyinlola Felix, PT M.Sc., MNSP
National General Secretary

Thursday, 14 September 2017

#UPDATE PROCEEDINGS/RESOLUTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON RECONCILIATION AND RESOLUTION OF THE CRISIS IN THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY




MRTB has officially released the proceedings and resolutions of the committee on  reconciliation of crisis in Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy. Remember we posted a copy earlier. The is the official report as released today 14/9/2017
Details below:




PROCEEDINGS/RESOLUTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON RECONCILIATION AND RESOLUTION OF THE CRISIS IN THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY CONSTITUTED BY THE REGISTRAR/CEO OF THE MEDICAL REHABILITATION THERAPISTS (REGISTRATION) BOARD OF NIGERIA (MRTB)

A. PREAMBLE

1. The Registrar/CEO, MRTB, Mrs. Olufunke T. Akanle, constituted a committee comprising the following persons:

i. Col. (Dr.) Paschal Mogbo - Chairman
 ii. Prof. SRA Akinbo - Vice Chairman
 iii. Mrs. Taiwo Olatunji - Member
 iv. Mrs. Olufunke Okunade - Member
 v. Mrs. O. A. Ladipo -  Member
 vi. Mr. Alfred Abegunde - Member
 vii. Mrs. Uzunma P. Imo - Member
 viii. Mrs. Gloria Umerah - Member
 ix. Dr. Henry Onuweh - Co-Secretary
 x. Mr. Ja’o Mallam Kato - Co-Secretary

with the under listed terms of reference:

a. To identify the real and remote causes of the crisis in the Nigerian Society of Physiotherapy arising from KADA 2016 election.
b. To identity the main groups/persons involved in the crisis.
c. To recommend ways of reconciling the groups/persons involved in the crisis.
d. To recommend ways of resolving the crisis.
e. To recommend necessary reforms that will prevent future occurrence of such crisis.

2. Formal inauguration of the committee was performed by the Registrar/CEO, MRTB, at the Boardroom of the MRTB Secretariat, Central Medical Library Compound, Yaba, Lagos, on Thursday, 18th May, 2017.

B. PROCEEDINGS

 3. The committee swung into action after the inauguration setting out
 procedure for her assignment.

4. Requests for submission of Memoranda on the real and remote causes of the crisis including ways of reconciling the groups/persons and resolving the crisis were sent out to the following:

a. The Presidents and Secretary’s of the two (2) groups identified to be involved in the crisis namely; The Nigerian Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) and Association of Clinical and Academic Physiotherapists of Nigeria (ACAPN).

b. All past Presidents of NSP.

c. Some Elders of the Physiotherapy profession in Nigeria.

5. Memoranda received from NSP and ACAPN and some interested persons were distributed to members of the committee for meticulous study and consideration preparatory to another meeting.

6. The committee met again on Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 to deliberate and harmonize their individual views. They were also to chart an agenda for an enlarged meeting of all the groups involved in the crisis.

7. the enlarged meeting of the committee with incorporated seven (7) representatives each from NSP and ACAPN along with the Registrar/CEO, MRTB, was held on Wednesday, 6th September, 2017.

8. At the meeting, the Registrar/CEO, MRTB, in her welcome address, appealed for the spirit of forgiveness, give and take. She further emphasized that the unity and survival of the Physiotherapy profession be given a priority. This was followed by the committee Chairman’s address, which set the agenda for the meeting.

9. The Presidents and chosen representatives of NSP and ACAPN addressed the audience. Free speeches were equally allowed from members of the committee and others present at the meeting.

 It is heat warming to state, that the atmosphere throughout the meeting was cordial and free of rancor. Each group displayed unfeigned willingness to work together for peace, unity and progress of the Physiotherapy profession under a single united professional association.

C. RESOLUTION

10. At the end of the meeting, the committee’s resolution and recommendations were read to the audience without any opposition. The resolution is hereby attached.
RESOLUTION OF THE RECONCILIATION AND RESOLUTION COMMITTEE ON THE CRISIS IN NIGERIA PHYSIOTHERAPY PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION HELD AT THE MEDICAL REHABILITATION THERAPISTS (REGISTRATION) BOARD OF NIGERIA (MRTB) SECRETARIAT OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER, 2017

At the end of the joint meeting comprising the Reconciliation and Resolution Committee (MCRP) set up by MRTB, Representatives of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) and the Association of Clinical and Academic Physiotherapists of Nigeria (ACAPN), it was resolved as follows:

1. Constitutional breeches were identified in the conduct of election at the NSP Conference held in Kaduna on 28th and 29th October, 2016, in the following areas:
a. Qualification of candidates with respect to their registration with NSP (as provided in the NSP Constitution).
b. Constitutional procedures for organizing a credible election.
c. Vetting procedure of candidates prior to the election.
2. Poor supervision by key officers responsible for ensuring strict adherence to the Constitution regarding the election.
3. Non display of list of voting delegates prior to the election.
4. Decision to boycott the election by some contestants and their supporters was considered inappropriate.
5. The atmosphere during the election was considered hostile for a smooth and fair election.
6. The role of a single individual serving as both Chairman and Secretary of the vetting committee was considered inappropriate.
In consideration of the above and in recognition of the fact that the breeches that occurred were solely as a result of poor supervision rather than the faults of the contestants, it was therefore recommended that:
1. A committee consisting of three (3) representatives from each group (NSP and ACAPN) and members of the existing MRTB Reconciliation Committee (MCRP) be set up within one (1) week to carry out the following functions:
a. Identify the real and remote causes of the breeches that occurred during KADA, 2016, election.
b. Recommend far reaching guidelines towards a Single United Physiotherapy Association in Nigeria.
c. Recommend appropriate reforms that will prevent future reoccurrence and ensure transparency/accountability in the running of Physiotherapy Association in Nigeria.

2. That each group (NSP and ACAPN) should prevail on their members and supporters to desist from inflammatory, uncultured and unprofessional postings on the social media as such actions will attract appropriate sanctions henceforth from MRTB.

………………………………………..   …………………………………………..
Col. (Dr.) P. O. Mogbo                             Mrs. Olufunke Akanle T.
Chairman (MCRP)                                  Registrar/CEO (MRTB)

Monday, 11 September 2017

RECONCILLIATION COMMITTEE SUES FOR LASTING PEACE AMONGST CONFLICTING GLADIATORS IN THE PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION



For the third time in three (3) months, the reconciliation committee set up by the Registrar/CEO of the Board, MRTB sat for two days, First on Tuesday, September 5 to look into MEMORANDA submitted by all concerned parties and stakeholders on the lingering crises in the Physiotherapy profession which was submitted in response to the committee’s call after their first meeting on the matter and on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, had in attendance the gladiators in the profession and the concerned parties being ably represented and led to the reconciliation meeting with the committee by their presidents.

The meeting which also had in attendance, the Registrar/CEO of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria, Akanle Olufunke T. (Mrs.) charted a positive and an optimistic course which suggests that the alleged differences may soon be a thing of the past. Both parties, no doubt agreed that the division has not been healthy for the growth and progress of the Profession, hence open to positive suggestions to ensure that it is further forestalled.

The Registrar/CEO (MRTB), however, reiterate the need for both parties to sheathe their swords, eschew hatred and inflammatory speeches on social media and amongst professional colleagues, as this is one of the ways the desired unity can be achieved.

Corroborating the Registrar/CEO (MRTB), The Chairman of the Committee, Col. Dr. Pascal Mogbo while projecting the committee’s resolutions, advised that only a decision and willingness of compromise on the part of both parties can assure the desired unity and progress for the profession.

The Resolutions from the meeting is however attached herewith.


RESOLUTION OF THE RECONCILIATION AND RESOLUTION OF CRISIS IN NIGERIA PHYSIOTHERAPY PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION HELD AT THE MEDICAL REHABILITATION THERAPISTS (REGISTRATION) BOARD OF NIGERIA (MRTB) SECRETARIAT OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER, 2017

At the end of the joint meeting comprising a Reconciliation and Resolution Committee (MCRP) set up by the MRTB, Representatives of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) and the Association of Clinical and Academic Physiotherapists of Nigeria (ACAPN), it was resolved as follows:

1. Constitutional breeches were identified in the conduct of election at the NSP Conference in Kaduna in October, 2016, in the following areas:
a. Qualification of candidates in respect of their registration with NSP (as provided in the NSP Constitution).
b. Constitutional procedures for organizing a credible election.
c. Vetting procedure of candidates prior to the election.
2. Poor supervision by key officers responsible for ensuring a strict adherence to the Constitution regarding the election.
3. Non display of list of voting delegates prior to the election.
4. Decision to boycott the election by some contestants and their supporters was considered inappropriate.
5. The atmosphere during the election was considered hostile for a smooth and fair election.
6. The role of a single individual to serve as both Chairman and Secretary of the vetting committee was considered inappropriate.
In consideration of the above and in recognition of the fact that the breeches that occurred were solely as a result of poor supervision rather than the faults of the contestants, it was therefore recommended that:
1. A committee consisting of three (3) representatives from each group (NSP and ACAPN) and also members of the existing MRTB Reconciliation Committee (MCRP) be set up within one (1) week to carry out the following functions:
a. Identify the real and remote causes of the breeches that occurred in KADA, 2016.
b. Fashion out far reaching guidelines towards a United Single Physiotherapy Association in Nigeria.
c. Recommend appropriate reforms that may prevent future reoccurrence and ensure transparency and accountability in the running of Physiotherapy Association in Nigeria.

2. That each Association (NSP and ACAPN) should prevail on their members and supporters to desist from inflammatory and unprofessional posts on social media as such actions will attract sanctions henceforth from MRTB.

i. Prof. SRA Akinbo
ii. Mrs. Taiwo Olatunji
iii. Mrs. Olufunke Okunade
iv. Mrs. O. A. Ladipo
v. Mr. Ja’o Mallam Kato
vi. Mr. Alfred Abegunde
vii. Mrs. Uzunma P. Imo
viii. Ms. Gloria Umerah
ix. Dr. Henry Onuwe


Col. (Dr.) P. O. Mogbo.                                     Mrs. Olufunke Akanle T.
Chairman (MCRP).                                         Registrar/CEO (MRTB)