NASoW Urges Senate to Hasten Passage of SWP Bill

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-01)

Abolaji Adebayo
The Nigeria Association of Social workers, NASoW, has called on the House of Senate to expedite its proceedings on the Social Work Practice Bill, which has been in the National Assembly since 2015.

Speaking yesterday, the Chairman of NASoW, Lagos chapter, Olakunle Domingo, said although the bill has been passed by the House of Representative, it has been with the Senate without been passed despite sailing the first reading.

He explained that the ratification of the Bill would empower the association to regulate the activities of the social workers, while the quacks would be flushed out of the profession.

He said when the Bill is eventually passed, it would be difficult for those who are not professional in sociology to encroach on the profession and erode the professional ones.

Analyzing the challenges facing the Association especially the Lagos Chapter, Domingo said the members lacked commitment towards the development of the association.

He therefore charged all members to be up and doing to strengthen the association and make it attain its leading position among other states of the federation.

The Director, Research and Development, Lagos State Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development, Olabode Ajao also appealed to the three senators representing Lagos state to help facilitate the passing of the Bill.

A Senior officer at the ministry, Mrs. Omotosho F. A. said social work has been the most bastardised profession as many people without professional qualification now parade themselves as social workers since there is no parliamentary act to back the association legally.

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She explained that for anybody to be qualified as a social worker, they must have at least a diploma in the profession. She added that for any group or NGO to qualify to practice as social worker, it must be registered by the state government apart from registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

She therefore urged all members of the association to get more professional qualification to back there practice.

She also advised the executive members of the association to work harder towards strengthening the lagos State chapter of the association.

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