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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)

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