The Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW), has appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to involve Social Workers in the social investment programmes embarked upon by his administration.
The association made this appeal in a letter delivered to the office of the President on Monday in Abuja which which was signed by its National President, Alhaji Mashood Mustapha.
Mustapha in the letter, a copy of which was made available to journalists through the National Public Relations Officer of the association, Musliudeen Adebayo, urged Tinubu to consider the inclusion of Social Workers within the program’s framework.
He noted that contributions of Social Workers will not only strengthen the implementation process but also uphold the core values of social responsibility and compassion that our nation embodies.
Mustapha in the letter titled “Open letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the need to involve Social Workers in the Social Investment Program”, noted that it is evident that Tinubu’s leadership has brought about positive changes in the country.
Mustapha in the letter also appealed to Tinubu to ensure that the Nigeria Council for Social Work is constituted in accordance with the Nigerian Council for Social Work Establishment Act 2022.
NASoW President while speaking further, enjoined Tinubu appeal to prioritize and oversee the necessary measures to ensure that Council is constituted in full accordance with the Act.
He added that the President should ensure that qualifed and dedicated Social Workers who can contribute to the Council’s mission of upholding the highest standards of social work practice are appointed.
“I trust this letter finds you well and thriving in your esteemed position as the leader of our great nation. I am writing to commend your profound expertise in steering the modification efforts within the National Social investment program under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
“The strides made under your guidance have been commendable, showcasing a keen understanding of the complexities surrounding social investment. It is evident that your leadership has brought about positive changes, fostering a more inclusive and robust program.
“However, I would like to draw your attention to a critical aspect that could further amplify the impact of the National Social investment program. While the modifications have been instrumental, the engagement of qualified social workers is imperative for the program’s holistic success.
“Trained social workers bring a specialized skill set that goes beyond the administrative framework. Their expertise in understanding the social dynamics and addressing the unique needs of individuals and communities would contribute significantly to achieving the desired objectives of the program.
“By integrating social workers into the team, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs can ensure a more empathetic and tailored approach to the diverse challenges faced by beneficiaries. This approach aligns seamlessly with the mission and vision of the National Social investment program, enhancing its effectiveness in safeguarding the well-being of our citizens.
“We kindly urge you to consider the inclusion of social workers within the program’s framework. Their contribution will not only strengthen the implementation process but also uphold the core values of social responsibility and compassion that our nation embodies. Also we appeal for the proper constitution of the Nigeria Council for Social Work in accordance with the Nigerian Council for Social Work Establishment Act 2022.
“As you are well aware, the Nigerian Council for Social Work plays a pivotal role in ensuring the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics within the social work sector. The establishment of this council through the Act is a commendable step towards fostering a robust framework for social work practice in our nation.
“The importance of aligning its structure with the provisions set forth in the Nigerian Council for Social Work Establishment Act 2022 cannot be overstated. A proper constitution is vital not only for compliance with the law but also for the effective functioning of the Council in achieving its intended objectives.
“We respectfully appeal to your esteemed office to prioritize and oversee the necessary measures to ensure that the Nigeria Council for Social Work is constituted in full accordance with the Act. This includes appointing qualified and dedicated individuals who can contribute to the Council’s mission of upholding the highest standards of social work practice.
“By addressing this matter promptly, we can strengthen the social work sector in Nigeria, empower professionals, and ultimately enhance the well-being of our citizens. We are confident that your commitment to the rule of law and good governance will guide the resolution of this issue. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we remain hopeful that your continued leadership will usher in a new era of social welfare and inclusivity”.