APBN backs FG on certification of professionals

. . . tasks regulatory bodies on need to sanitise practice, end quackery

. . . as Fmr DG SON tasks S/E professionals on commercial sector


The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) has thrown its weight behind the Federal Executive Council’s approval necessitating that professionals must be certified as fit-to-practice by respective professional regulatory authorities before they are allowed to practice, stating that if properly implemented, the policy will effectively checkmate quackery in the country.

National President of APBN, Dr Omede Idris who commended the Federal Government for exercising the strong will to address the menace of quackery in the country said APBN has continued to agitate for certification of all professionals from within and outside the Country, by relevant professional regulatory authorities before they are allowed to practice in Nigeria.

According to Dr. Omede who was President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and later Kogi State Commissioner for Health, “the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council has been a long time call and expectation of APBN and various Professional Bodies in Nigeria.”

While he tasked various regulatory bodies to seize this opportunity to sanitize various professions in the country, Omede assured that “enforcing professionalism will effectively checkmate quackery.”

Dr. Omede commended the Federal Government’s policy document on the use of made in Nigeria goods and services, and called on government and the public to be sincere, patriotic as well as institutionalise the current resolve and approval in the overall interest of the country.

The APBN National President who made the call during the investiture of Engr (Dr) C.A. Ezeagu as Chairman of Anambra State Chapter of APBN alongside other executives also commended the state government of Chief Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano for what he described as “her giant strides in infrastructural development, very good road network in the state, agricultural breakthrough and enviable security amongst others.”

The Governor of Anambara Satte, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the Commissioner of Lands, Sir Soky Moka, congratulated APBN, the New Executive members and called on the professionals to ensure ethical practice of their professions while ensuring adherence to standard.

He assured that Government, on her part will continue to collaborate with the association in relevant areas, stating that the importance of professionalism to state and national development cannot be overemphasized.

Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Barr Rita Madugwu called for synergy between APBN and the legislature, stating that cooperation is necessary to develop appropriate legal framework that borders on professionalism.

In his Keynote address tagged ‘Transforming to a Modern Society; Agenda for the South East,’ former Director General of the Standard Organization of Nigeria, Dr J.I Odumodu defined modern society as an industrialised, wealthy, highly urbanized and highly literate society. He called on the South East to look inwards and regain its lost glory of development by investing within the zone in Agriculture, Mining, Manufacturing, Infrastructural expansion, Transport sector, Education and Training either individually, but most significantly through partnership amongst individuals, companies and government.

The new Chairman of Anambra State Chapter of APBN, Engr C.A. Ezeagu thanked the guests while promising to improve the visibility of APBN by executing development-inclined projects in Anambra State.

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