Senate Reconsiders, Passes Social Work Bill

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Senate on Wednesday re-visited and passed the Nigerian Council for Social Work Bill entitled, “Nigerian Council for Social Work (Establishment) Bill.

Reconsidering the bill at its Wednesday sitting, the Senate rescinded seven clauses of the bill, namely  clause 3, 10, 11, 16(2), 18, 21(3) & (4) and 28.

When assented to, the new law will recognise the establishment of the Nigerian Council for Social Work,  seeks to establish the council to regulate practice of professional social work in Nigeria.

According to the bill, the council’s activities will be regulated by a governing council and the bill when becomes law, the council, among other things, shall promote professional practice and uphold social work ethics and values.

It shall also determine what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become member of the profession of social work and review those standards from time to time, as circumstances may require and as well shall also promote research and ensure high standard and quality of training of Social Workers in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Council for Social Work shall be under the  total control of  the Federal Government of Nigeria when the bill is passed into law.

It will be recalled that the bill  was first passed in December 2017 by the Senate and  was thereafter transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent while President Buhari in February 2018, refused to assent the bill due to what he described as lack of clarity over the scope of the profession of social work

The bill was later sent to the Senate for consideration after the grey areas that made President Buhari to refuse assent on the bill have been perfected by the various Ministries.

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