A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 63RD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) OF THE NIGERIA SOCIETY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY (NSP) HELD ON FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2022 IN ENUGU, ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA.
The annual general meeting was held during the recently concluded 'Coal city 2022’- 62nd Annual Scientific Conference and 63rd AGM held on the 14th of October 2022 in Enugu State, Nigeria. After extensive, well-meaning and passionate deliberations on policy issues bordering on professional practice, the assembly resolved as follows:
1.The AGM approved the newly reviewed Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria (MRTBN) license fees. The NSP AGM expressed gratitude to the Honorable Minister of State for Health for his prompt intervention in the license fees crisis. NSP members are encouraged to renew their licenses when due.
2.Following the reports of increasing unethical practices which exposed patients to dangers, the MRTBN Registrar is hereby mandated to ensure FULL and immediate compliance with Sub-section 2.1.6 of Physiotherapists' Scheme of Service which stipulates that all Physiotherapists practicing in Nigeria MUST comply with the Code of Professional Ethics of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy and MRTBN.
3. The NSP AGM strongly condemned the conduct of Dr Mrs Olufunke Akanle, the Registrar of the MRTBN, who for years, violated the Sub-section 2.1.6 of the Physiotherapists' Scheme of Service by licensing or renewing the license of individuals who were not in good standing with the NSP.
4. With regards to section 3 above, the NSP AGM resolved that henceforth compliance certificate shall be issued by the NSP to all physiotherapists who are in compliance with the Code of Professional Ethics of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, and without which the MRTBN shall NOT issue or renew the practice license.
5. Consequent to the observations in paragraph 3 above, and for engaging in anti-NSP actions including non-payment of NSP dues by the MRTBN Registrar, Dr Mrs Olufunke Akanle, undue interference with the constitution of MRTBN board, the recognition of another association of Physiotherapists' other than NSP etc, the NSP frowned at these infractions and seriously warned Dr Akanle to desist from them to avoid future detrimental consequences.
6. The NSP AGM reviewed the 4th of March 2021 MRTBN-led tripartite reconciliation agreement, and affirmed as follows:
-That the association’s name remains sacrosanct.
-The AGM passed a vote of no confidence on the registrar as regards her role as a mediator in the crisis between members of the association.
After six years of fruitless engagements in reconciliation meetings, the NSP AGM passed that the NSP will henceforth not attend any of the uncountable meetings on reconciliation. It was resolved that anyone who left the association on account of grievances is free to return to the fold at any time without pre-conditions.
7. The AGM approved the review of requirements for aspiring Fellows of Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (FNSP) including the grounds for the withdrawal of the fellowship.
8. NSP shall henceforth vigorously pursue the establishment of the Nigeria Physiotherapy Council.
9. NSP shall collaborate with MRTBN to ensure the review of the Physiotherapists' Scheme of Service to make provisions for DPT and Consultant Cadres by holders of the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Physiotherapy College.
10. Financial and Auditor’s reports were read by the officers in charge and the AGM subsequently adopted the reports.
11. The following members were approved by the AGM as FNSP designates:
-Prof Fatai Adeniyi, PT
-Dr Ayo Oni, PT
-Prof Rufa’i Ahmad Yusuf, PT
- Dr Chinwe Obiekwe, PT
12. The following members were awarded & decorated with the prestigious title of FNSP by the AGM:
-Dr Saliy Akinwale, PT
-Dr Ahlaji Jimoh Wasi’u, PT
-Dr Oladire Olaniyi, PT
-Prof Adamu Rufa’i, PT
-Dr Osonuyi, PT
13. Dr kenechukwu Offor, PT was presented with the first ever life membership award of the NSP following his fulfilment of the NSP constitutional provisions on life membership.
14. Twenty five (25) Physiotherapists were inducted as FULL members of NSP at the AGM.
The NSP NEC expresses gratitude to God on journey mercies and wishes all iNSPired members peace and joy for the remaining days of the year.
Dr Nnenna Nina Chigbo, PT (President)
Dr Usman Abba Ahmed, PT (Secretary)
Dr Ogbonna Obi, PT (Public relations office)