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NANNM QUADRENNIAL NATIONAL DELEGATE CONFERENCE (NDC) 2021
The Stakes, the Paths, the Schemes and our Conscience. Like a child birthed on a leap year, commemoration of his nativity comes up every four years. To say the least, the importance attached to this not regular ceremony cannot be over emphasized. This can be likened to the National Delegate Conference of great organisations/ Associations and events like the Olympics, the Fifa World Cup, Convention of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) and most importantly that of the NANNM– a professional cum trade union organisation recognised to amongst other things; ‘’Provide a forum or avenue where nurses speak with one voice’’ and ‘’to promote a forum whereby understanding, followership and unity can be achieved and maintained at all times amongst all members of the nursing Profession’’.
The NDC which comes ever four years has over time been the gathering that midwives the ambition, nursed by individuals, States, Zones and lately geo-political regions to lead the Association (NANNM). As it is with every political interest or struggle, Aristotle wrote- “that politics stems from a diversity of interests, and those competing interest must be resolved in some way”. Nonetheless, the rationality of interest is weighed on the scale of group interest versus individual interest. That which an individual wants as will serve his/her interest as against what is needed for the welfare, safety, progress, unity and security of the entire group.
Justice as a concept, elucidates moral rightness based ethics, rationality, natural law, religion, equity and fairness. Most professions especially nursing holds tenaciously to ethics, these ethics need not be parole enunciations , but must be done or seen to be done in all spheres of practice , administration and professional politics or unionism. Justice requires openness without parochialism, fairness without deceit, and truth with achievable expressive content.
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Equity, on the other hand demands impartiality, fairness and justice. The crux of equity is that, it aids the vigilant and abhors the indolent. It acts on the conscience except that already murdered by greed, avarice and pride. It leans on morality as a factor, it follows the law and above all looks on that as done which ought to have been done. Equity therefore, like justice had played a tremendous role in our Association’s history and this is the time for men/women of this generation to make their own history. This is necessary, like the principle of necessity. Karl Max posited, that “necessity is blind until it becomes conscious, freedom is the consciousness of necessity”.
Let the Men and women of this generation in our Association consciously set their conscience free as a matter of necessity. Wherewith shall lie our living, our rich antecedents of candour, if we hurriedly trash the history we once held with sanctity and had it replicated in National documents that speaks as our political insignia. Our Association had over time pride herself of holistic accommodation of all entities, sects, regions and zones.
Evidenced below of how we have fared from 1978 till date.
NAMES OF PRESIDENTS
STATE OF ORIGIN
Comrade Hannatu Omole
Comrade Josephine A.U. Anyamene
Comrade Job B. Micah
Comrade Abdulsalami Shiru
Comrade Lawrence O. Awowoyin
Comrade Chief Pat Emembolu Eze PhD
Comrade Linus Abdulkadir Sabulu
Comrade Lawal Hussaini Dutsinma
Comrade Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji
Comrade Equity/ Justice???
North Central ——– 2
North East ———— 1
North West ———– 1
South West ———– 3
South East ————- 2
South South ———– 0 ( ORPHAN OF NANNM-NO HOPE)
From the foregoing, your concerns, curiosity, questions, sympathy, contemplation queries are as good as mine. What is the stake of the South- South Zone?
Notably, mistakes can be innocent in nature without intention to so commit same. Whether it’s been an omission or a commission, NOW is the time to correct the wrong of inequity. Men/ women of good conscience have a responsibility to discharge this onus at the NDC 2021 using the power of their votes and not what “oga” said, not what is deemed reprehensibly as loyalty to the powers that be. Need I remind delegates that you are the “oga’’. Your vote means core loyalty to our Association now and in the days ahead. Alice Walker opines, and rightly so, “Healing begins where the wound was made”. If we did not know that a zone had suffered tremendous marginalization, now we do. If we did know, we are only but reminded. Let Justice, equity and fairness prevail. John Kotter wrote in his book, Power and Influence- “without Political awareness and skill we face the inevitable prospects of becoming immersed in bureaucratic infighting, parochial politics and destructive power struggles which greatly retards organizational initiative, innovation, morale and performance”. The awareness this excerpt brings.
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At a time such as this, when our organisation is again bedevilled by a group of persons, her members under the aegis of Aggrieved Nurses, whom in actuality are seeking for answers to questions, are feeling betrayed from unfulfilled and unredeemed promises, let us be careful not to groom the current monster to become hydra- headed by trying to consolidate with beguiled promises as had been in the past.
Shall we therefore hand over our Association to anyone not prepared to lead? Or any one being tele-guided and shadow marked? Or, anyone who approbates and reprobates? Who says one thing and means another? NO!
Truth be told, that agitations are for the south- south zone on grounds of Justice and equity, should not leave the south south basking in the euphoria of entitlement. There must put their best foot forward. Candidates from the zone must be men and women of proven integrity, Credible, transparent, Versatile, Accountable and team players. Must be driven by purposive service, abreast with contemporary labour practices/ relations, acquainted with professionalism, sociable, have a listening ears and open to criticism without vendetta. This is our dream, hope and aspiration at the NDC 2021. If others speak against and malign us, shall we also make worthless our grundnorm, the rule book (the NANNM Constitution as amended) which provides in section 14(2) that: The position of the National President shall be rotated from one zone to another.
We are mortals, but key stakeholders, Let our leaders, Veterans and Legends close not their eyes or gag their mouths at a time such as this. There are called upon to give directions, not minding the various schemes, notwithstanding the stakes, but giving conscientious heed to the path of right as the way to go, so we can collectively midwife and witness a rebirth of NANNM clothed in Justice, Equity and fairness. May the labours of our heroes past not be in vain.
Effective politics is not about winning at all cost but about maintaining relationship while achieving results. Let us all be of honour, Integrity and goodwill.
Our appeal is to the Leadership, the elders, very highly revered delegates and well-meaning friends of the profession and association to subjugate their interest to the biases of fairness, justice, equity and good conscience while directing only those from one zone to vie for the position of the President as has always been the practice.
GOD BLESS NANNM !
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