The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP), the embodiment of Physiotherapists in Nigeria, is a member of the World confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and a leading member of the WCPT Africa Region (WCPTA). The NSP shares in the principles of the WCPT that every individual is entitled to the highest possible standard of culturally appropriate health care provided in an atmosphere of trust and respect for human dignity and determined by sound clinical reasoning and scientific evidence.
The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy was inaugurated on the 29th August 1959 at a meeting held at the Physiotherapy Department of the University College Hospital, Ibadan. " A meeting was convened by Messrs T. A. Oshin and C. A. Ajao at which the following persons were present:
- Miss H. M. Joyce - M.C.S.P,
- Mr M.O. Bazuaye - Assistant Physiotherapist;
- Miss S. A. Ajala (Now Mrs Ajao) MCSP
- Mr C.E. Ekabua - Assistant Physiotherapist
- Miss M. T. Walton - MCSP
- Mr. T.A. Oshin MCSP
- Mrs L.E. Baker - MCSP
- Mr C.A. Ajao, SCM, NT
- Miss H. Munroe MCSP
- Mr I.O. Ayodeji MCSP
- Miss N.C. Frazer, MAOT was present as an observer.
The objective was the desirability and need for a professional organization. A committee was formed comprising of Mrs L. E. Baker, Messrs T. A. Oshin and C.A. Ajao to prepare a draft constitution and Byelaws for ratification at the next General Meeting, which was fixed for 28th November 1959. Officers elected at the Inaugural meeting were as follows:
- Chairman - Mrs L.E. Baker
- Vice Chairman - Mr I. O. Ayodeji
- Hon. Secretary - Mr C. A. Ajao
- Treasurer - Mr T. A. Oshin
The first General Meeting of the Society was held on 28th November, 1959 in Lagos at 8 Club Road Ikoyi, Mrs M. E. Archer's home, a Physiotherapist in private practice. Sixteen persons were present including the founder members.
Within a short period (1961-1962) the society was recognised by the Federal Government and other Regional Governments. It was the only body that had the power to negotiate with the governments.
State chapters of the society emerged after a few years. They were all under the umbrella of the parent body, Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP).
For seventeen years, meetings of the NSP were held at Ibadan and Lagos respectively. As membership increased in various sectors of the country, meeting venues shifted from the established bases to Enugu in 1976, Zaria in 1977, Ife in 1978, Lagos in 1979, Benin in 1980, Owerri in 1981, Kano in 1982, Jos in 1983, Akure in 1984, Lagos in 1985, Ilorin in 1986, Port-Harcourt in 1987, Enugu in 1988, Abeokuta in 1989, Kaduna in 1990, Ibadan in 1991, Kano in 1992, Markudi in 1993, Calabar in 1994, Kano in 1995, Lagos in 1996, Lagos in 1997, Zaria in 1998, Osogbo in 1999, Ilorin in 2000, Benin in 2001, Port-Harcourt in 2002, Abeokuta in 2003, Lagos in 2004, FCT-Abuja in 2005, Ibadan in 2006, Kano in 2007 and Calabar in 2008. The 49th (2009)annual conference of the NSP, which also marks the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the NSP holds at the Prestigeous Banquette Hall of the National Arts Theatre Lagos between the 27th-31st October 2009.
THE NSP & THE WORLD CONFEDERATION OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
The existence of the NSP was made known in 1960 to the World Confederation for Physical Therapy with the view of becoming a member of the World Body.
On application, the, the N.S.P was granted provisional membership in 1966. It was invited in 1967 to the 5th International Congress of the WCPT which took place in Melbourne, Australia. Three NSP members: Messrs Ajao, Kehinde as well as Mrs. Aboderin were present at the memorable congress where Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy was formally admitted as full member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy on the afternoon of Thursday 18th May, 1967. Since then, members of the of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy had attended the International Congress held by the World Body. Some even occupied positions in the Executive Committee. Scientific papers were presented by our members as far back as 1970 in Amsterdam; 1974 in Montreal, Canada; 1978 in Tel Aviv, Israel; 1982 in Stockholm, Sweden, 1987 in Sydney, Australia, 1991 in London, United Kingdom; 1995 in Washington D.C., United States of America; 1999 at Yokohama, Japan.
The NSP have had the privilege to welcome past President of WCPT, Mr. Eugene Micheals in our midst in 1975. He then launched the NSP's booklet on "Guidelines on the Training of Physiotherapist in Nigeria". The same was true with past Secretaries of WCPT in the persons of Miss M.J. Nelson M.B.E, 1968 and Miss E. M McKay 1979
The NSP was also opportuned to have Miss M. Hollis, M.B.E., run a course on P.N. F at the College of Medicine, Lagos University in June 1977. Miss Hollis was the Principal of the School of Physiotherapy, Bradford, England.
PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS/AFRICA PHYSIOTHERAPY ORGANISATION
The First Pan-African Physiotherapy Congress was held in the Old Great Hall, College of Medicine, and LUTH by the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy on May 28th to June 3rd, 1979. The Congress was a processor to the African Physiotherapy Organisation. The Executive Committee of the Organisation met in Cairo, Egypt in and Mr. Odia as the Newsletter Editor.
THE COVETED DECREE 38
The long awaited recognition of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy as an independent registration body was achieved in 1988 when decree No. 38 on Medical Rehabilitation Therapyist Board was promulgated by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The decree has since been changed to an Act after the return to democratic rule.
Dr Mouyo Okome in his Guest Lecture at the 2012 Annual General Meeting proposed that the profession of Physiotherapy most precious “TOOL” ,“THE HANDS” be highlighted and widely published and be branded thus “OUR HANDS AID HEALING AND RECOVERY”.This has since been adopted at the OGM in Jigawa. The NSP Vision 2020, Vision, Mission and Value statements as ratified by the OGM in Jigawa 2013 becomes operational as follows: