NANNM And History of it Establishment

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The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) is a professional-cum trade union organization recognized by the Trade Unions (Amendment) Act of 2005. It is a non-governmental and non-profit organization authorized to organize all professional nurses and midwives who are trained, registered and licensed to practice Nursing Profession at all the levels of the healthcare delivery system both in public and private sectors in Nigeria.

The first organization of nurses in Nigeria is known as the Nigeria Union of Nurses (NUN), which was formed in 1938 and registered in 1943. The union was said to be led by one Mr. Kuti (a nurse) as honorary Secretary General (SG). In 1944, the late Nathaniel Cole was appointed the first General Secretary of the Union. Mr. Cole was later joined by Mr. S. S. O. Ekezie, Mr. Ayoola Adeleke and Mr. Clement Njoku.

In 1957, an organization known as the Professional Association of Trained Nurses of Nigeria (PATNON) was formed at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan by a small group of Nurses who were trained in the United Kingdom. Later in the year, PATNON changed its name to Nigeria Nurses Association (NNA).

The existence of Nigeria Union of Nurses and the Professional Association of Trained Nurses of Nigeria polarized the unionization of nurses as each group claimed to be the authentic umbrella body of nurses in the country.
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The disunity amongst Nurses became more pronounced in the Udoji Award of 1976 because they sang discordant tones on issues of their common interest. However, the huge loss in the Udoji Award became the unifying factor for the Nurses emerged wiser and mindful of the fact that united they stand, divided they fall.

Therefore, on the 8th of December 1977 at the famous City Hall in Lagos, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) was formed as a single umbrella body of all Nurses and Midwives in the country. It was formed for the members of the nursing and midwifery profession to speak with one voice and to work for a common cause, and the people who were central to the formation of the Association were Mr. E. O. Adelowo (now late), HRM Oba (Apostle) Moses A. Olabode, PA. S. O. Ikotun (now late), Mrs. Adetoun Bailey, Chief (Mrs.) A. A. Taiwo, Mrs. Remi Ayida, Mrs. Julie Anigbo, Mrs. Josephine Anyamene, Mr. Kola Oyedepo, M. I. D. Musa and Mrs. Hanatu Omale as well as nationwide Chief Nursing Officers and Principals of School of Nursing and Midwifery across the country.

Currently, NANNM is led by Comrade Micheal Nnachi who was elected as National President in the last January 2021, National Delegates Conference (NDC2021).

Nigeria Nurses Union has been since 1938(83 Years), or 1943(78 years) or 1977 (44Years). Invariably, we have witnessed close to nine decades, and saw two centuries. In actuality, is it How Long or How Well?
Crisis, contradictions and internal implosions have been part of us since time immemorial. Are things better today, NANNM vs GNAN and NUNSA vs NANSNM dichotomy knows the yes or no to these questions.
Now that we have seen an extract of our past, in unison, we can make NANNM better, stronger, greater and higher for the next generation. NANNM ought to serve our Interest, only if we reconnect with it as our own.
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