The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) held her 52nd Annual National Scientific Conference, which had members from all her 36 states chapters and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in attendance, in Benin City, Edo State, October 30-November 3, 2012. The following is the communiqué issued at the end of the conference:
1. That the NSP realized that the issue of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for her members must be strengthened and improved upon bearing in mind that Physiotherapy is a dynamic profession and that learning is a life-long process. NSP resolved that her members must be in tune with current, constantly emerging trends and best practices. The body has organized a number of workshops in collaboration with Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria (MRTBN) and will continue in this path by developing modules for continuous professional development and explore other initiatives alike.
2. That her members should support the National Executive Council (NEC) by donating generously and facilitating a fund drive by making contacts to well meaning Nigerians and the colleagues in the Diaspora to build the National Secretariat of the Society on the designated piece of land leased to her by the Oyo state government. The architectural design of the secretariat and the structure’s model was unveiled at the opening ceremony of the conference by the out-going National President.
3. That the NSP is encouraged by the collaboration she has with the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and other Health Professional Bodies and advocates for its continuity with soles aims pursuing her members’ welfare issues and provision of good health care delivery to the populace.
4. That the NSP has been part of the National health bill meetings and retreats and is at the forefront in terms of contribution to the health sector reform document going to the National Assembly.
5. That the NSP is committed to the commencement of clinical physiotherapy residency training programme in Nigeria which is projected to kick start by the first quarter of 2013 and the upgrade of the existing Bachelor of Physiotherapy or Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation Degree programme to the Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) programme as the entry level into physiotherapy in Nigeria by 2015. As part of the measures towards the actualization of these goals, the National Postgraduate Physiotherapy College (NPPCN) was inaugurated at the just concluded conference in Benin City.
6. That the NSP is and will continue to be of good standing with the World physiotherapy body, the World Conference for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and well as the Regional body WCPT-Africa and is also taking a leadership position within the West Africa Physiotherapy Union (WAPU) affairs. To this effect, a member of the NSP is the current Co-ordinator of a newly born WAPU. The just concluded conference also had in attendance delegates from Sierra Leone to entrench the birth of WAPU.
7. After due electioneering process, that the following members were elected as the National Executive Council (NEC) members at the just concluded conference to run the affairs of the society for the next two years (2012-2014):
PRESIDENT - Taiwo J. Oyewumi
VICE PRESIDENT - Portia U. Imo (Mrs.)
GENERAL SECRETARY - Oladire Olaniyi
FINANCIAL SECRETARY - Zubair Usman
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER - Ummukulthoum Bakare
ASSISTANT GENERAL SECRETARY - Felix Odusanya
ASSISTANT PRO 1 - Rita Ativie
ASSISTANT PRO 2 - Bala Chingero
AUDITOR 1 - Victor Ezeugwu
AUDITOR 2 - Wasiu Jimoh
TREASURER - Yet to be elected