*This is a great historic landmark – Fela Bright, Olutimi Jacobs
By Sandra Onyekwere
Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has passed the Social Work Regulatory Bill into law. The Social Work Bill which had been in the mill in the last two terms of the National Assembly is for the establishment of the Nigerian Council of Social Work that will regulate the practice of social work in Nigeria and thus properly professionalise it.
Just as the Social Work Bill was passed, there was massive jubilation in the industry with several messages of congratulations flowing in several directions.
Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASOW), Fela Bright, in a telephone reaction said, “this is a worthy congratulations to all Nigerian Social Workers and especially, UNICEF. They stood by us in the trying times to get this Bill delivered. We have been striving to get Parliament pass the Bill. I pray this will be a glorious beginning for the profession in Nigeria.”
Olurotimi Jacob who is the Vice President recalled vividly saying, “the Nigeria Association of Social Workers have made a great history with the passage of the Bill by the Senate. The glory goes to God first. The journey to have a Parliamentary Act for a regulatory body for the practice of Social Work started in 2002 with the former National President, late Alexander Pam Noah.
He added, “it was Senator Victor Lar then Honourable member House of Representatives who first sponsored the draft and got some legal draftsmen who worked on it before he presented at the Green Chambers. It was later picked up by Hon. Ossai Ossai (representing Edo State) and had it passed at the Lower House in 2016. It was sent to the Senate which had given it concurrence awaiting Presidential accent.