Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria Honours FMOH Nursing Director Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha

The Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria has conferred an award of honour on the pioneer Director of Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha (nee Akinniranye) whilst describing Okodugha’s retirement as a glorious achievement.
The guild, in a statement, said Okodugha had acquired her certification as a registered nurse from the School of Nursing, Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Edo State in 1978, and obtained her certification as a registered midwife from the School of Midwifery, State Hospital, Akure, Ondo State in 1980.
According to the guild, Okodugha also acquired a BSc (Nursing) from the University of Ibadan in 1984 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Lagos in 1998.
“She became the first director of Nursing in the Federal Ministry of Health and has contributed her quota to the nursing profession, the Federal Ministry of Health, and Nigeria as a whole,” the statement added

General Nursing Council of Zambia 2018 Nurse Registration Open

ANNOUNCEMENT: The General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) is pleased to announce registration dates for newly qualified Opthalmic Nurses and Nurse Aneasthetists. In the same vein, the Council (GNCZ) will conduct re-registration exercise of all post basic qualified nurse and midwifery practitioners in possession of certificates to replace them with Advanced Diplomas.

The allocated dates are as follows:

1st NOVEMBER 2018: Registration of Opthalmic Nurses

2nd NOVEMBER 2018: Registration of Nurse Aneasthetists.

5th NOVEMBER 2018 TO 24th FEBRUARY 2018: Re-registration of all Registered Nurses (RNs) with certificates in Midwifery, Operating Theatre Nursing , Mental Health Nursing, etc.

Further information with regard to re-gistration requirements and fees can be obtained from your local district health and/or hospital management starting from 18th October 2018.

Thank you.

Issued by

Thom D. Yung’ana

MANAGER REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE

& SPOKESPERSON

For/THE REGISTRAR AND CEO

GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA

DOH NDP 2019 Nurses to get More Than ₱33,000 salary

Department of Health (DOH) will continue the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) in 2019, and hired nurses will get ₱33,584 monthly salary.

 

NDP is one of the programs under the DOH Human Resource for Health Deployment Programs, which is an annual hiring and deployment of nurses, doctors, dentists, midwives, medical technologists, pharmacists and other allied health workers to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) and other poor communities in the country.

 

The higher salary for DOH NDP 2019 is due to fourth and final tranche of Salary Standardization Law (SSL) which will be implemented starting January 2019. The law which was enacted in 2015 by Aquino administration started the pay hike for state workers in 2016.

 

It covers all workers in government, including nurses and other healthcare workers. NDP nurses is at Step 1 of Salary Grade 16, which is currently at ₱31,765.

 

Not just NDP nurses got the boost in their salary for next year. All cadres under the 2019 DOH Human Resource for Health Deployment Programs will higher wages next year due to SSL 4th tranche. Here are the salary rates if we follow the salary grades this year:

 

SSL Salary Rates for DOH HRHDP 2019

Physician Augmentation Deployment Project (PADP) – P62,678

Dentist Deployment Project (DDP) – P36,942.00

Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) – P33,584.00

Universal Healthcare Implementers Deployment Project (UHCIDP) – P30,531.00

Medical Technologist Deployment Project (MTDP) – P30,531.00

Pharmacist Deployment Project (PDP) – P30,531.00

Public Health Associates Deployment Project (PHADP) – P22,938.00

Family Health Associate Deployment Project (FHADP) – P27,755.00

Rural Health Midwives Placement Program (RHMPP) – P20,754.00

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) earlier announced that they will also regularize certain posts and provide benefits and other incentives. But with around 16% reduction in 2019 budget, we expect that the health department will hire lesser number of health workers.

 

DBM posted in the 2019 proposed budget the following:

 

“To ensure that adequately trained and skilled health workers are distributed throughout the archipelago, a total of PhP9.0 billion is provided for the Human Resources for Health Deployment Program of the DOH. This amount will provide accessible and quality medical services by hiring and deploying 243 doctors, 9,138 nurses, 3,650 midwives, and 241 dentists in far-flung areas, particularly in municipalities that do not have any health worker.”

 

Noteworthy also that DBM did not mention midwives, medical technologists, and pharmacists. So we don’t have any idea yet if their respective programs will continue.

 

Hiring and selection of cadres under the HRH Deployment Programs usually happens around November. If you are interested to apply, let’s just wait for the official announcement from DOH and regional offices.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ELEVATION….PROF. LYDIA AZIATO

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery education and academic research programmes in Ghana, the University of Ghana has elevated Dr. Lydia Aziato, a distinguished senior lecturer and Acting Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana, to an Associate Professor.

Sharing her celebrated achievements with the N&MC newsline team, Prof. Aziato disclosed that she has worked as a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery for over 10 years where she has contributed immensely towards nursing and midwifery education in areas such as pain management, cancer nursing, surgical nursing and curriculum development. She also has advanced skills in qualitative research and an interest in training and mentoring young nurses and students to enhance their skills and independence.

She has been a nurse for over 20 years. She had her first degree in Nursing and Psychology in 2001 and in 2006, she graduated with an MPhil in Nursing from the University of Ghana. She also has a specialty certificate in Oncology Nursing from the cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canadawhich she completed in 2006.

Subsequently, she graduated with a PhD in Nursing from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2013. She was awarded the Emerging Nurse Researcher for Africa in 2017.

Prof. Aziato holds both local and international positions in nursing organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau International. She also serves on a number of boards and committees. In addition, she is an external examiner for a number of Universities in Ghana and internationally.

She has published in over 40 articles in credible peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for many journals.

Prof Aziato is a committed christian and fellowships with the Temple of Grace Baptist Church, Madina. She is grateful to the almighty God for strengthening her throughout her lifetime. She is married with three children.

Asked what she does at her leisure time she said she uses her leisure time for counselling and mentoring.

The N&MC is very proud of Professor Lydia Aziato’s achievement. We hope her accomplishments would motivate other nursing and midwifery practitioners to walk her path.

Positive Effect Of Leadership On Nursing Practice By Faruk Aliyu RN

KEY WORDS 
Nursing: In general, is the process of caring for, or nurturing another individual.
Leader: Somebody whom people follow, somebody in charge of others, somebody who guide and direct others.
Leadership: The capacity of someone to lead, the ability to guide, direct and influence others.
Positive: Certain and not in doubt, producing a good result because of having an innately beneficial character.
Effect: Is the power to influence: success in bringing about change in somebody or something.
Practice: Repeat something to get better: to do something repeatedly in order to improve performance.
INTRODUCTION
Positive & strong leadership is very essential in any profession, but in nursing arena it’s crucial to the well-being and recovery of patients. Nurse leaders ensure that every member of the team provides optimal level of care, while also encouraging Nurses to work in harmony and put patient needs ahead of personal needs and issues. They also mentor fellow nurses, providing the advice and guidance they need to fulfil their responsibilities with confidence and satisfaction.
LEADERSHIP
Leadership is a method of modelling accountable behaviour to others. Nursing has numerous leaders who demonstrate and encourage accountability. Leadership and management are terms often used interchangeably; however, some significant differences exist. Management is the accomplishment of tasks either by oneself or by directing others. Leadership is the interpersonal process that involves motivating and guiding others to achieve goals. “Management is about power, and leadership is about Influence-control versus vision. Every nurse, regardless of title or position, is a manager; each has the potential to be a leader.
LEADERSHP STYLE
Effective leaders accomplish goals by using (in a positive sense) other people. In other words, they use the concept off synergy (the combined power of many) rather thank attempting to achieve success alone.
The leader’s behaviour greatly determines the behaviour off the group. There are basically three styles of leadership:
. Autocratic
. Democratic
. Laissez-faire
The autocratic leadership style is leader-focused; that is, the leader maintains strong control, makes all decisions, and solves all problems. The leader dominates the group by issuing commands rather than making suggestions or seeking input.
Potential impact on the group members:
1.Rebellion
2.Hostility
Advantage:
1.Task oriented
2.High productivity
3.Facilitates a quick response.
4.Often necessary in crisis situation
Disadvantage:
1. Promotes mistrust and fear among followers.
2.Members may become hostile or passive
3. Inhibits creativity and autonomy of members
The democratic leadership style (also called participative leadership) is based on the belief that every group member should have input into development of goals and problem solving. The democratic leader acts primarily as a facilitator and resource person. Concern for each member of the group as a unique individual is demonstrated by the leader.
Potential impact on the group members:
1.Improve productivity
2.More opportunity for personal growth
3.Increase cooperation and team work
Advantage
1.Promotes empowerment of team members
2.Facilitated communication
3.Increased creativity and autonomy
Disadvantage
1.Time-consuming
2.May be less efficient (in quantifiable terms)
3.Disagreements may happen as members express their viewpoints
In the laissez-faire leadership style, the leader assumes a passive, non-directive, and inactive approach. Leadership responsibilities are either assumed by the members ofOf the group or completely abdicated. All decision making is left to the group with the leader giving little, if any, guidance, support, or feedback. Almost any behaviour by the group is permissible due to the leader’s lack of limit-setting and stated expectations.
Potential impact on group members
1.The tasks are unmet
2.The relationship needs of group members are ignored
3.Apathy
Advantage
1.Promotes autonomy and  creativity in members
Disadvantage
1.May evoke passivity in team members
2.Aimless behaviour often occurs. Chaos is common, Inefficiency and low productivity
No single style of leadership is superior to the other. Each leadership approach has its advantages and disadvantages. The effective leader will use situational leadership, which is a blending of styles based on current circumstances and events. The leader knows that behaviour does not occur in a vacuum; thus, leadership styles are assumed
according to the needs of the group and tasks to be achieved.
EFFECTIVE CHARACTERISTICS & QUALITIES OF POSITIVE NURSE LEADER
For better understanding, these characteristics and Qualities are grouped into 3:
. Task related
. Team related
. Personal qualities and other qualities
TASK RELATED
1.A leader should be trained and proficient in his job.
2.Takes initiative and sets clear objectives
3.Capable of making good and timely decision.
4.Persistent in his work.
5.Should not depend on conventional methods but be able for creative changes.
TEAM RELATED
1.A leader should treat the subordinates as human and share their feeling of joy and sorrow.
2.Should be able to protect the interest of his followers.
3.Should be flexible in dealing with subordinate when necessary.
4.Should be motivated and able to motivate others.
5.Should be able to coordinate, delegate and integrate the workers.
6.Should be impartial
7.Should encourage self-criticism so that one can learn from mistakes.
8.Should also keep his word.
9.Should be social and develop personal contacts.
PERSONAL QUALITIES AND OTHER QUALITES
. Communication: Effective leadership relies on the individual’s ability to communicate. An effective nurse leader will:
Listen actively to others
Articulate thoughts in an intelligent, persuasive manner
Differentiate aggressive, passive, and assertive behaviour
. Credibility: A leader motivates others by demonstrating enthusiasm and exerting influence. To be influential, the leader must be credible. Credibility, is the quality or power of inspiring beliefs, is based on competence. From competence comes confidence. Individuals who know what they are doing and perform well are those who can influence others.
. Delegation: The nurse leader must be able to delegate effectively to coordinate the delivery of care. Delegation is the process of transferring a selected task in a situation to an individual who is competent to perform that specific task
. Critical Thinking: Another characteristic of an effective leader is the ability to think critically. According to Alfaro-Le Fevre (1998), “Critical thinking is the key to resolving problems. Nurses who don’t think critically become part of the problem”.
. Initiating Action: In addition to thinking critically, a leader initiates action. Only by putting ideas into action does a person become a leader. A leader does not adopt a “wait-and watch” attitude with problems. Instead, a leader initiates measures to solve problems.
. Risk Taking: Taking action to solve problems (i.e., to initiate change) involves taking a risk. People who take risks are those who are not satisfied with the status quo and strive continually for improvement.
. Persuasiveness & influence: Persuasiveness is a tool that managers can use to create enthusiasm for a project, encourage collaboration, and increase cohesiveness among team members. The persuasive leader is one who communicates effectively and demonstrates personal power.
. Loyalty: A leader has to be loyal to the team and profession.
Other qualities of positive Nurse leader includes: diplomacy, motivation, dependability, adaptability, flexibility, wisdom, respect, dedication, hardworking e.t.c
PRINCIPLE OF SUCCESSFUL NURSING LEADERSHIP
. Commit to excellence: As a leader you must be committed to your passion and purpose, and have the type of commitment that turns into perseverance.
. Measure the important things: Develop realistic action plans to build members satisfaction, involve all staff levels, and reassess timely.
Build a culture around . Service: Teach your staff to appreciate patients and families as their clients. As a leader it is imperative to be humble, open, and available to learn every day. Remember, if you lead, they will follow.
. Create and develop leaders: An old adage is, “If your unit or department can run without you, you have done your job.” This is true, so develop your succession plan early. You can’t do it all alone.
. Focus on your team members satisfaction: Make your work environment a great place to work. Celebrate what each individual member can bring to the team.
. Build individual accountability: It’s imperative to hold all members accountable for the part they play in the overall goal. Align behaviours with goals and values: Set behavioural standards for all members that are aligned with the organization’s values, mission, and standards. Refer to standards when you’re developing or counselling staff.
. Communicate on all levels: To serve our patient population as an interdisciplinary team, we need to communicate as an interdisciplinary team. Incorporate support services, physician staff, and senior leadership into daily Rounding on all units.
. Recognize and reward success: Too often we save recognition until Nurses Week, which may be too late to retain staff. Offering words of praise and encouragement and taking the time to meet with your staff 1:1 say you appreciate their services, this enhance innovation and creativity.
POSITIVE EFFECTS OF LEADERSHIP ON NURSING PRACTICE
Positive and strong leaders keep the nursing team running smoothly. Some of the positive effects of leadership on nursing practice are:
. Positive Values Trickle Down: When you take the time to hone positive leadership skills, such as decisiveness, integrity, and honesty, these values can have a trickle-down effect on your subordinates and encourage them to work harder for you. In other words, when you behave in a positive manner as a leader, your attitude may have a contagious effect on those who work for you.
. Improved Morale: Causes of low morale among subordinates, in many cases, it can sometimes be traced back to poor leadership. When a team has an indecisive or dictatorial leader at the helm, it can arouse feelings of apathy or resentment in the employees.
. Increased Trust: When you lead your subordinates in a way that fosters feelings of trust, this can improve leader-subordinates relations and build a stronger team foundation.
. Better Communication: When team leaders have a closed-door policy and do not make an effort to communicate with their subordinates, this may leave their members feeling uninformed, uneasy, and tense.
. Objectives Become Clearer for All: Making your team objectives well and clear on your members can make more stable work environment. Shared objectives are more likely to inspire feelings of camaraderie, while being secretive about your objectives and goals may only serve to increase gossip and rumours.
. Improved Patient Care: Patient care is a team effort, relying on the collaboration of doctors, nurses physical therapists and other specialists. It is therefore crucial that nurse leaders unify these teams and ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the patient’s care. Positive nurse leaders enhance the quality of care provided to patients.
. Conflict Management: Even in the strongest of teams, it’s inevitable that communication breakdowns and conflict will arise. However, strong leadership from senior nurses can prevent these conflicts from threatening patient well-being or permanently hindering the team’s ability to work together. Effective nurse leaders spot these conflicts early, before they have a chance to cause irreparable damage. They also take prompt, decisive steps to resolve the issue.
. Motivation: Nursing can be a hectic, high-stress career that leads to exhaustion and burnout. Positive nurse leaders help their members stay on track and remind them of their commitment to their patients’ recoveries.
. Positive Role Model: Positive nurse leaders inspire their fellow nurses to meet and even exceed their highest expectations. By honouring their profession’s ethical principles, always putting the patient’s needs first, and treating their colleagues with respect, they establish a standard of conduct for other nurses to follow.
. Direction: Positive leadership can help guide the direction of a group. With different people working together in different capacities, it`s easy for a group to fall out of touch and not realize how
Conclusion
Conclusively, for nursing profession to prosper there is need for positive, strong and effective leadership. Most importantly everyone can be such a leader because “Leaders are made not born”. With only such type of leaders that will impact positive ideas on younger generation of Nurses a crystal clear change in the profession will come into existence.
I thank you all for listening and your time
By Faruk Aliyu RN from school of Nursing Katsina
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Mosquitoes that can Carry Malaria Eliminated in Lab Experiments

Researchers have eliminated caged mosquitoes using ‘gene drive’ technology to spread a genetic modification that blocks female reproduction. The team from Imperial College London, United Kingdom, was able to crash caged populations of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae in only seven-11 generations.
This is the first time experiments have been able to completely block the reproductive capacity of a complex organism in the laboratory using a designer molecular approach.The technique, called gene drive, was used to selectively target the specific mosquito species Anopheles gambiae that is responsible for malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. There are around 3500 species of mosquito worldwide, of which only 40 related species could carry malaria.
The hope is that mosquitoes carrying a gene drive would be released in the future, spreading female infertility within local malaria-carrying mosquito populations and causing them to collapse.
In 2016, there were around 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 445,000 deaths worldwide, mostly of children under five years old.Lead researcher Professor Andrea Crisanti, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial, said: “2016 marked the first time in over two decades that malaria cases did not fall year-on-year despite huge efforts and resources, suggesting we need more tools in the fight.”
The team’s results, published Monday in Nature Biotechnology, represent the first time gene drive has been able to completely suppress a population, overcoming resistance issues previous approaches have faced.
Crisanti added: “This breakthrough shows that gene drive can work, providing hope in the fight against a disease that has plagued humankind for centuries. There is still more work to be done, both in terms of testing the technology in larger lab-based studies and working with affected countries to assess the feasibility of such an intervention.
“It will still be at least 5-10 years before we consider testing any mosquitoes with gene drive in the wild, but now we have some encouraging proof that we’re on the right path. Gene drive solutions have the potential one day to expedite malaria eradication by overcoming the barriers of logistics in resource-poor countries.”
The team targeted a gene in Anopheles gambiae called doublesex, which determines whether an individual mosquito develops as a male or as a female.The team engineered a gene drive solution designed to selectively alter a region of the doublesex gene that is responsible for female development. Males who carried this modified gene showed no changes, and neither did females with only one copy of the modified gene. However, females with two copies of the modified gene showed both male and female characteristics, failed to bite and did not lay eggs.
Their experiments showed that the gene drive transmitted the genetic modification nearly 100 per cent of the time. After eight generations no females were produced and the populations collapsed because of lack of offspring.Previous attempts to develop gene drive for population suppression have encountered ‘resistance’, where targeted genes developed mutations that allowed the gene to carry out its function, but that that were resistant to the drive. These changes would then be passed down to the offspring, halting the gene drive in its tracks.
One of the reasons doublesex was picked for the gene drive target was that it was thought not to tolerate any mutations, overcoming this potential source of resistance. Indeed, in the study no functional mutated copy of the doublesex gene arose and spread in the population.While this is the first time resistance has been overcome, the team say additional experiments are needed to investigate the efficacy and the stability of the gene drive under confined laboratory settings that mimic tropical environments.
This involves testing the technology on larger populations of mosquitoes confined in more realistic settings, where competition for food and other ecological factors may change the fate of the gene drive.The doublesex gene targeted in the study is similar across the insect world, although different insects have different exact genetic sequences. This suggests the technology could be used in the future to specifically target other disease-carrying insects.Recent work from Imperial showed that suppressing Anopheles gambiae populations in local areas is unlikely to affect the local ecosystem.
By Chukwuma Muanya
Guardian News

Comr. Evans Awoala; The New Vice Chairman NANNM Rivers State

Following the recent and untimely death of the past vice chairman of the Rivers State National Association Of Nigeria Nurses & Midwives Late Comr. Emma Wombu, the State Executive Council (SEC) in a recent meeting this past month on the 18th of September 2018 unanimously endorsed comrade Evans Awoala as the newS tate Vice Chairman.
Before the election was held, two out of the three contestants for the position withdrew their candidacy leaving only Comr. Evans as the last man standing for the position.
He resumed his post as the vice chairman on the 18th of September 2018

World Environmental Health Day: ‘NESREA, NAFDAC must Plug Loopholes to Ensure Food Safety

Participants at the World Environmental Health Day programme held at Faculty of Public Health, UCH Ibadan, recently.
National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have been asked to rise to the challenge of ensuring food safety in the country. Persons involved in the food supply chain must also avoid food contamination to promote a healthy population. These were key messages as issues of food safety and food security formed the focus of this year’s World Environmental Health Day Programme organised by the Environmental Health Sciences Department Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in collaboration with Environmental Health Scientists Association of Nigeria (EHSAN) and Nigeria Network for Action and Awareness for Environmental Health (NINAAFEH).
The theme of this year’s event is “Global Food Safety and Sustainability.”
Professor Godson Ana, National President of EHSAN, said the event was organised to carry out public sensitisation and create awareness on safe food handling and preparation. The event was also to build and strengthen capacity of food vendors within UCH on food safety and hygiene.
“As stakeholders in the environmental health field, it is important to note that the environment must be properly take care of because we are all inhabitants of the environment. Food is one of the essential requirements of life. Everyone needs food in the right quantity and quality. Every unwholesome food portends danger for the health of the population,” Professor Ana said.
“If food is not well prepared, stored or handled, then there is possibility of contamination with physical chemical and biological agents. If food is contaminated, you have food-borne illnesses or food poisoning.  The essence of this programme is to raise awareness for all who are involved in food preparation and handling to be careful: from personal hygiene, to preparation and packaging, to reduce issue of food-borne illnesses.”
He emphasised that the need to raise awareness was “so that we can stay healthy and live long.”
Professor Ana said, “We are bringing the stakeholders together in Environment and Health together. NAFDAC is here, NESREA is here. We want to ensure that some of the loopholes and lapses among the regulatory agencies will be brought to bare for them to see for themselves.”
Dr Oladapo Okare, Head, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, said the event is not just to publicise something new, but to prime government authorities, professionals and the people on practices as simple as handwashing that will improve public health.
Keynote speaker, Professor Andrew Omojola, at the programme, said “Food safety is being challenged nowadays by the global dimensions of food supply chains.With fading international borders and global trade liberalization policies, there is need for more stringent measures to address food safety.”
The International Federation of Environmental Health sets aside September 26 as World Environmental Health Day.
By: Paul Omorogbe
Tribune News

As Fresh Violence Erupts in Jos, JUTH Post Basic Nurse Anasthesia Entrance Exam Postponed

At least seven persons were killed and several houses burnt in a renewed violence which started yesterday in Tina Junction area of Jos, Plateau State. This is coming as unknown gunmen on Saturday invaded Okpoga,the headquarters of Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing eight persons.
The Jos violence began when an Apostolic Church in the area was allegedly attacked during its Sunday service by some youths believed to have come from the Hausa community in Jos.
The native youths soon mobilised for a reprisal leading to full-blown riot that escalated to other parts of the city, including Rikkos, Bauchi Ring Road, Students’ Village of the University of Jos, Faringada, Katako, Dilimi and Cele Bridge near Tina Junction in Jos.
Some visitors who were in transit from a wedding ceremony in Gombe, who did not know their road, ran into the riot and three of them were killed. Also, a 200 level Law student of the University of Jos was among those attacked and killed.
The unknown gunmen, numbering about 10, invaded the area  and shot sparodically at any one at sight leading to the death of no fewer than eight persons, including Mr. Okoh Simon, an emergency ambulance service provider who lived at the city centre.
Following this fresh crisis, the management of jos university teaching hospital (JUTH) has reportedly postponed the post basic Nurse Anaesthetist entrance exam scheduled to hold tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd of October 2018).
The decision according to them was as a result of the insecurity presently been encountered in the city.
Recall that sometimes last week, the plateau state government announced a curfew between the hours of 6.00 am – 6:00 pm daily until further notice.

Completed NSS, Attended NABCO Interview But Still Have a Status of “NOT VERIFIED”?

Hello Nation Builders,
Have You Completed NSS, Attended NABCO Interview But Still Have a Status of “NOT VERIFIED”?
Are you one of the applicants who has completed NSS and also attended the NABCO interview but still has a status of “NOT VERIFIED”? This could partly be due to a wrong NSS number provided during the application stage. Due to this, NABCO is unable to verify your NSS status.
NABCO is providing such applicants another opportunity to correct this by filling a form at https://nabco.gov.gh/wrong-nss-applicants/. This will enable NABCO to verify your NSS status.
You will need to readily provide the following information:
Your full name
NABCO Reference Number
The Wrong NSS number you provided during the NABCO application (Kindly refer to your application slip printout)
The Correct NSS Number (as stated on your NSS Certificate)
Year of NSS Completion
Upload a copy of your NSS Certificate.
The deadline for submission of such queries is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5pm.
Below is a sample of the SMS notification sent out to affected applicants:
Applicant with ref# NABCOASREG12345, your current NSS verification status is “NOT VERIFIED”, visit https://nabco.gov.gh/wrong-nss-applicants/ to provide additional details to help with your NSS number verification by NABCO. Deadline: 5pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2018
http://support.nabco.gov.gh/support/solutions/articles/43000102939-have-you-completed-nss-attended-nabco-interview-but-still-have-a-status-of-not-verified-