By Hassan Zaggi
Council of the Institute of Social Work of Nigeria has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari , to, as a matter of national interest, give assent to the Chartered Institute of Social Work Practitioners Bill.
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, the President of the Institute, Dr. Iyeme Efem, noted that the bill is a vehicle for professionalising social work as well as meet up with the International Social Work Practices and Protocols.
He explained that the Nigeria is in dire need of the services of social workers.
The services, according to him, include services such as addressing issues of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) human trafficking, baby factories, drug and alcohol abuse, Illegal migration, retirees, senior citizens, youths among others.
While appealing to the president, he said: “We therefore call on President Mohammadu Buhari who is well abreast of the dire need for the professionalisation of the social works sector to sign the Bill into Law.
“The Institute is already prepared and has laid the groundwork to discharge the functions as approved by the National Assembly once the President assents to the Bill.
“The great advantage of the Institute as entrenched in the bill is that it will be self-financing and so will not burden the Federal Government for funds.
“The signing of the Bill will therefore give legal backing to the institute to support various social sectors of Nigeria without additional financial burden on Government coffers.”
Dr. Efem who frowned at the rate of migration of youth from rural areas to city centres however noted that signing of the bill into law would reverse the current trend by youths.
He argued that signing the bill into law will enable the youths take advantage of the services, stressing that, welfare systems would have improved due to the presence of these professionals.
“So, the bill when signed by the President will help the federal, state and LGAs achieve their social agenda,” he reiterated.