AHPRA: Australia Nursing Registration Process Under the old System

Here is the overview of the Australia Nurse registration process as compiled by a facebook user Princess Cina

For AHPRA you’ll need:

1. Evidence of Identity:
Passport / Birth Certificate / Driver’s license (optional)➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

2. Change of Name (if applicable):

3. Academic Qualifications:
Transcript(TOR) / Diploma / RLE/ ➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

❗️Certified true copy done by SCHOOLS are not accepted by AHPRA.

❗️Course Syllabus, CHED, Pharmacology Cert, letter from school ARE NOT REQUIRED. ➖please read the link posted below. An applicant from the Philippines will not be able to meet some of the criteria in AHPRA, hence, only TOR, RLE and Diploma are required.

Kindly read https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/…/accreditation-re…

Also the FAQs


4. Registration History in each country wherein you practiced as a registered nurse
PRC license / Board Certificate ➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

Certificate of Good Standing(COGS)to be sent directly from PRC or from any country of registration to AHPRA➖should be ORIGINAL, no need to be certified
COGS has three mos validity ONLY

5. Work History – minimum of 450hours in the last 5yrs
STATEMENT OF SERVICE (COE as we call it) is required to:
be on the employer’s letterhead
provide dates of employment
describe the role in which you were employed, and whether
if was full-time/part-time hours, and
be signed by a manager (e.g. director of nursing, unit manager or HR manager or charge nurse or clinical resource nurse➖ photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

here’s the link for the format https://www.ahpra.gov.au/…/Standard-Format-for-Curriculum-V…
➖Do not forget to sign and state that the CV is true and correct

6. Criminal History (if applicable)
Pay for International Criminal History Check from FIT2Work
Include all the countries where you’ve lived in for 6 consecutive months or more since aged 18


AIS-cheaper compared to FIT2WORK

➖print the reference page, in the AGOS 40, the printed page can be passed without being certified, but if you are in doubt, have it certified.

❗️Variation of Names should be declared as ALIAS.
one document has middle initial only- it should be declared
one document has your married name-it should be declared
Juan Mario- if Mario was not included in a document, you should declare it


Failure to declare the variation of names can cause you problems. Either you provide a statutory declaration or the Registration officer may request again for another ICHc which is expensive.

7. English Language Skills
IELTS- 7 in all bands; can be done in 2 sittings
PTE – Minimum of 65 overall score and minimum 65 in all components
OET – B in all components

English test requirements: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/documents/default.aspx…

➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

8. Impairment Details (if applicable)

9. Current Suspension or Cancellation Details (if applicable)

10. Previous Cancellation, Refusal or Suspension Details (if applicable)
11. Conditions, Undertakings or Limitations Details (if applicable)

12. Disqualification Details (if applicable)

13. Conduct, Performance or Health Proceedings Details (if applicable)

15. AGOS-40 Form (LATEST) It should be updated AGOS 40


❗️Please read the AGOS 40, the checklist of needed documents are already SPECIFIED. Take time to READ

All supporting documentation must be:
~Certified copies of documents
~Certified in accordance with AHPRA’s guidelines
~In English. If original documents are not in English, you MUST provide a certified copy of the original document and translation consistent with AHPRA’s guidelines.

❗️Make sure that when you certify your documents, the stamp should be on the front page. Resize your documents when you print or photocopy so that the stamp can fit in. Bawal takpan ng stamp ang details ng docs mo, possible na ipaulit ng registration officer yung ctc. Black and colored print or photocopy are both accepted.

Send your docs to AHPRA office (any branch) using STREET address

Any concerns or clarifications, you may send a web inquiry to AHPRA


Australia Nursing Board New Registration Guide For Overseas Nurses

The Australian Nursing regulatory board has started accepting NCLEX-RN exam and OBA as part of the Nursing registration requirements. Below is all you have to know about the Australia Nurse registration process including OSCE:

Prior to the start of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in 2010, the assessment of IQNMs was undertaken by the state and territory boards. In 2010, Ahpra developed a national model for the assessment for IQNMs. Following a review of assessment processes, the NMBA developed an interim model of assessment for IQNMs which has been in place since 2014. The interim model was based on eight qualification assessment criteria and resulted in a more equitable and consistent assessment of IQNM applications.

sment of IQNM applications.Transition to a new model of assessment for IQNMs

The NMBA is moving to a permanent approach in the assessment of IQNMs. Changes under the new model include a reduction in the assessment criteria from eight to three, which took effect in January 2019.

This change streamlines the assessment process; however, the outcomes from assessments remain the same as under the previous eight criteria.

In early 2020, the NMBA will also transition to an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) for IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who demontrate they meet the mandatory registration standards). This will replace the current need for bridging programs.

The NMBA undertook an extensive research project to explore the factors and requirements to establish an OBA which made recommendations that:

  • the overall assessment process includes both a cognitive and behavioural component
  • the cognitive assessment must be passed before the behavioural component is attempted, and
  • an orientation program is established to orientate nurses and midwives to working in the Australian healthcare context.

What is the new model of assessment for IQNMs?

The new model of assessment includes:

  • the online Self-check for all IQNMs
  • an orientation program for all IQNMs who are advised to continue with the assessment process, and
  • an OBA for some IQNMs.


The assessment of qualifications will continue to be against the current three criteria.
All IQNMs will need to submit their qualification information at Self-check. IQNMs will then be advised of the steps (assessment stages) they must successfully complete before being eligible to apply for registration.

After Self-check, IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who can demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards), will be eligible to apply for registration following completion of Orientation Part 1. (See Orientation program below for more information).

IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who can demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards), will be required to successfully complete an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) prior to being eligible to apply for registration.

IQNMs that do not hold a relevant qualification (under section 53 of the National Law) or do not meet the required assessment criteria will need to upgrade their qualification in Australia before being eligible to apply for registration. Their qualification can be upgraded in Australia (through completion of an NMBA approved program of study) or any other country of choice providing the qualification meets the qualification assessment criteria.

Orientation program

All IQNMs who are advised to proceed in the IQNM assessment process will need to complete the orientation program in order to be registered in Australia. There are two parts to the orientation program.

Part 1 is an online learning course to introduce IQNMs to Australia and the Australian healthcare context.

Part 2 is a more in-depth online introduction, including content on the diversity of Australian culture. Part 2 must be completed once registered with the NMBA and will be a requirement of registration until it is completed.

In addition to completing the orientation program, the NMBA expects that all nurses and midwives in Australia seek out and be part of the workplace induction and/or local orientation provided by their employers. Guidance for employers on the content to include in their workplace induction and/or orientation will be provided. When will the new model of assessment for IQNMs start

Applications via the Application for general registration as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife (for internationally qualified nurses and midwives) – AGOS-40 form will be accepted if posted to Ahpra on or before Friday 21 February 2020. Applications posted after this date will not be accepted.

IQNMs will be able to start the new model of assessment in March 2020.Do all IQNM’s still need to meet the NMBA’s mandatory registration standards?

Yes. All IQNM’s will need to provide evidence of meeting the NMBA mandatory registration standards.What are the fees for IQNMs?

There is no fee to use the Self-check.

After completing the Self-check, all IQNMs who are advised to proceed in the IQNM assessment process will need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of $640 AUD. This fee contributes towards Ahpra’s costs in checking IQNM documentation provided, and for the IQNM to undertake their orientation.

IQNMs who are referred to the OBA will need to pay specific OBA fees which are outlined below. (See question ‘How much are the fees for the OBA and where can I sit the exams?’).

All IQNMs who are eligible for registration and meet the mandatory registration standards will need to pay a registration fee and application fee in order to be registered. The current application fee of $300 AUD and registration fee of $175 AUD will continue to apply. What is the OBA?

The OBA is a two-stage assessment process: a multiple-choice question exam (MCQ) and an objective structured clinical exam. IQNMs must pass the first stage before moving to the next stage.

Stage one is a cognitive assessment, which is a computer-based MCQ exam. IQNMs must pass the exam to move to part two of the OBA.

Stage two is a behavioural assessment in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The OSCE has been developed to assess that an IQNM demonstrates the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate level Australian nurse or midwife. Who is the OBA for?

The OBA is the assessment process for IQNMs who wish to register in Australia and who are assessed as holding relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards).When will the OBA for IQNMs start?

There are two phases for the transition to the OBA:

  1. From 1 October 2019, IQNMs who have posted to Ahpra an application for registration (AGOS-40) on or before 21 February 2020 and who hold relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards) will have the choice to be referred to a bridging program or to the OBA, regardless of when the outcome of their application is decided.
  2. The new model of assessment will start in March 2020, and all IQNMs with relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards) will be referred to the OBA and will no longer be referred to bridging courses.

If I get a referral to the OBA, when will I be able to start the process and how long will it take to complete?

IQNMs with a referral to the OBA will be able to begin the OBA process in March 2020.

IQNMs undertaking the OBA must pass each assessment stage before undertaking the next. The time taken to complete the OBA is dependent on how quickly the IQNM can progress through the assessments. What if I already have a referral to a bridging course, but I want to do the OBA instead?

IQNMs who hold a current referral to a bridging program have been able to contact Ahpra since 1 October 2019 to request a referral to the OBA instead. IQNMs should contact the Registration Officer named in their referral letter. Please note that IQNMs will not be able to start the OBA process until March 2020.What if I have already started a bridging course?

IQNMs who have already started a bridging course should continue to complete the program.How much are the fees for the OBA and where can I set the exams?

Cost and locations for the MCQ exam

The MCQ exam is computer-based and will be delivered at test centres in most countries. There will be separate exams for IQNMs seeking registration as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife:

  • Registered nurses will sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops and administers the NCLEX-RN through Pearson VUE test centres.
  • Midwives will sit an MCQ exam managed by the NMBA, which will be delivered through Aspeq test centres.
  • Information for on the enrolled nurse MCQ exam will be published soon.

Note: IQNMs must be authorized by Ahpra to sit the MCQ exams.

Fees for the MCQ exams are set by the providers and paid directly to them. At the time of publishing, the following fees apply:

  • For registered nurses, the NCLEX-RN registration fee is $200 USD, plus an additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD ($350 USD in total).
  • For midwives, the fee is $165 NZD, plus a possible fee for overseas venues.
  • Enrolled nurse exam fees will be published soon.

Cost and locations for the OSCE

IQNMs who have been referred to the OBA must pass the MCQ exam before they can attempt the OSCE.

The OSCE is managed by Ahpra and will be delivered at Adelaide Health Simulation in Adelaide, South Australia.

The fee for sitting the OSCE is $4,000 AUD. The OSCE fee replaces previous bridging program fees from private providers. This fee pays for Ahpra’s costs in running and maintaining the OSCE. Ahpra and the NMBA are funded only by fees, which must cover all costs of assessing IQNMs for registration in Australia.Are there still bridging programs available for IQNMs?

Bridging programs are expected to continue into 2021 for IQNMs who hold a referral to bridging. A referral to bridging does not guarantee a place in a program.For more information

American Ban List: Nigerian Nurses Not Banned From USA

President Donald trump on friday added Nigeria to the travel ban lists, a list of nations who have to contend with stringent travel restrictions. This action virtually blocks immigration to the United States for Nigerians. Other countries recently added to the list include Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan etc  

As a result, immigrant visas issued to Nigerians who want to live in the U.S is now banned. The trump administration has argued that the ban to restrict travel from countries that are muslim populated is necessary to force these countries to meet security requirements for travel into the united states or face restrictions until they do.  

Immigrant visas, issued to those seeking to live in the United States, will be banned. The proclamation will take effect on February 22 2020. Immigrants who obtain visas before then will still be able to travel to the United States, officials said.   

However, Nonimmigrant visas, including those for students and certain temporary workers, as well as visas reserved for potential employees with specialized skills like doctors, nurses etc, will not be affected by the ban.

It is advisable that those who are preparing for NCLEX-RN Exam should continue as we will bring you update as events unfold

Kenyan Nurse Suspended After Woman Jumps To Her Death In A Moving Ambulance

The  Kajiado County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in-charge of Health, Esther  Somoire has suspended two county government employees following the death of a mother and her child under unclear circumstances.

Somoire confirmed the suspension of the Ambulance driver and the Nurse who were on duty during last Friday’s incident where a 26-year-old woman died after jumping from the ambulance which was ferrying her sick son to hospital.

While addressing the press at her office, the Health CEC emphasized that the safety of patients is paramount irrespective of whether they are in a health facility or inside an ambulance.

“As a department, we are committed to ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter because we have standard procedures that always guide our health professionals while undertaking their duties to ensure that we save lives and in that breadth, we have suspended the driver and the accompanying nurse who were on duty on that day pending investigations,” said Somoire.

Leslie Naiso, who was expectant, jumped out of the moving ambulance after her ailing son, Solomon Leslie succumbed to illness as he was being transferred to Kajiado County Referral Hospital.

The boy had been treated at Il Bissil Health Centre before being transferred to the referral hospital as his condition was said to have worsened.

According to a police report on the incident, the woman opened the rear door of the county government ambulance and jumped to her death on seeing that her son’s condition had worsened.

“On reaching at the location of the accident, the mother of the ailing child opened the rear door of the vehicle upon sensing that the boy’s condition was worsening, jumped out of the moving vehicle and as a result, she sustained multiple injuries,” states the report.

Both the child and the mother were rushed to the Kajiado Referral Hospital where the boy was pronounced dead on arrival while the mother succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.

The bodies were moved to the same hospital’s mortuary while the ambulance was towed to Kajiado Police Station for inspection.

However, according to an eye witness who did not want to be named, the nurse was sitting in front with the driver and the woman was at the back alone with her sick child.

“It is absolutely shocking and unimaginable that a patient can be transferred to another hospital without being the under care of a medical official at the back of the ambulance. The nurse was sitting with the driver at the front and they didn’t realize that the mother had jumped out of the car and they even drove up to Kumpa and then turned back asking us if we had seen someone jump out of the ambulance,” he said.

The  Kajiado Central Sub County Commander, Daudi Loronyokwe said investigations were on-going and both the driver and nurse had already recorded statements.

“Already, the driver and the nurse who were on board the ambulance have recorded statements with us and after conclusion of the investigations, we will definitely take action against the responsible individuals,” he said.
Source: Kenyan News

Pope Acknowledges 2020 As The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

“Nurses are the most numerous healthcare workers, and those closest to the sick, and midwives carry out perhaps the noblest of the professions.” Pope Francis

The leader of the Catholic Church has recognised 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and praised the “precious” work carried out by those in the nursing profession.

In an official address at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis said he was “pleased” that this year had been dedicated to nursing and midwifery.

Speaking after the Angelus prayer on Sunday, he said: “I am pleased to recall that 2020 has been internationally designated Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

“Nurses are the most numerous healthcare workers, and those closest to the sick, and midwives carry out perhaps the noblest of the professions.

“Let us pray for all of them, that they may do their precious work in the best possible way.”

The leaders of Nursing Now – a campaign designed to raise the profile of nurses and midwives around the world – welcomed the support of Pope Francis.

Lord Nigel Crisp, co-chair of Nursing Now, said: “It is crucial that leaders around the world recognise the importance of this year, and that we use the global momentum to spark real change for nurses and midwives around the world.”

The decision to designate 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife was made by the World Health Organization to mark the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The designation by the World Health Organization (WHO) of 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife is intended to alert governments to the need to recruit and retain staff to prevent potentially disruptive nursing shortages world-wide. WHO figures suggest there will be a shortfall of up to nine million nurses and midwives by 2030 if drastic action is not taken immediately.

ICN President Annette Kennedy said:

“It is wonderful that Pope Francis has spoken out about the essential work that nurses and midwives do. His comments will give a boost to all nurses of different faiths and none.

‘This year, governments will have to make crucial decisions about the future of the nursing and midwifery workforce.

‘The Pope’s leadership should galvanise politicians around the world and encourage them to make the right choices, which must include starting massive recruitment drives to avert the predicted shortages over the next decade.”

Echoing Ms Kennedy’s words, President of the Italian Nurses Association (CNAI) Walter De Caro said:

“It is gratifying to hear Pope Francis’s appreciation of the precious work of nurses and midwives, and the importance of 2020 to our profession.

‘I strongly believe that his message, beginning in Italy, will influence governments and other organisations to invest in the nursing and midwifery workforce so that we can realise their full potential to improve health around the globe.”
Source: ICN News and Nursing Times Magazine.

Western Cape College of Nursing Application Form 2020

The Western Cape College of Nursing would like to congratulate the matric class of 2019!
All learners who applied to study at the WCCN are advised of the following:

1. Applications for acceptance into the 2020 academic program closed on 30 August 2019. The 2020 course has already commenced.

2. Due to the 2020 program being full, no new applications will be accepted. No admission into the program will be made available as the college does not accommodate walk-ins.

3. Kindly note that the next application cycle will occur later in the year. This is usually between June and September every year, but please be sure to contact the campus closer to the time when application forms become available to the public.

4. The 4-year diploma course has been phased out by the South African Nursing Council. The WCCN has been accredited with the new 3-year diploma course which will be on offer with the next academic intake (See attached).

5. Candidates awaiting feedback on their application are advised to contact the campus where they submitted their application as each campus has access to its own database. This is applicable to candidates placed on a waiting list. Feedback can shed light on where candidates can improve when re-applying to the college. Don’t give up!

Thank you.

KMTC 2020/2021 March and September Courses Application Forms On Sale

Enroll today at the Kenya Medical Training College.
Applications for March & September 2020 Intakes are ongoing in all our 71 Campuses countrywide.
Visit www.kmtc.ac.ke
+ 254 737 352 543/706 541 869

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Chief Nurse At London Trust Aims For Zero Vacancies In 2020

The chief nurse of a trust where Florence Nightingale set up her first nursing school has said she wants to use this “important” year to achieve zero nursing vacancies and raise the status of the profession worldwide.

Dame Eileen Sills from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has told how she would like to build on the reputation of the trust “as the place to go to be a nurse” during the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

This week the trust held a launch event at St Thomas’ Hospital to kick-start celebrations for 2020, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Speaking at the event, Dame Eileen told her nursing colleagues that this year was about “remembering the legacy” that Florence gave the profession.

She said that the hospital had a “special place within nursing” because Florence’s first school started up there in 1860.

“I think what 2020 is about, is us remembering the legacy that Florence Nightingale gave us, where we have come from and celebrating our future,” said Dame Eileen.

She added: “I think if we lose the importance of our past then we will be poorer in the future.

“So, this year is about having a bit of fun, appreciating our legacy [and] participating in a whole raft of initiatives.”

Dame Eileen, who has been nursing for 40 years this year, encouraged her colleagues to use the time over the next year to “understand the value we make, not just to Guy’s and St Thomas’, but the value to the NHS as a whole”.

“We’re a force to be reckoned with,” she added.

“The World Health Organisation has made this the International Year of the Nurse and all of a sudden I think most importantly the world has woken up that you can’t do without us.”

In an interview with Nursing Times after her speech, Dame Eileen was asked what she would like to achieve for the trust during this significant year.

She said: “We would like to build our reputation further as the place to go to be a nurse.

“I’d like to have no vacancies by the end of the year.”

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust currently has 679 whole time equivalent registered nurse vacancies, which is 12% of its total nursing workforce.

“I want nurses to basically say…that it’s the best place to work. Our profile in the organisation is very high anyway and I think this will just sort of cement it,” she added.

Dame Eileen highlighted that the year of 2020 should be used to “raise the status of nursing worldwide”.

“I think we have good status in this country, but worldwide that’s not always the case,” she said.

“Across the world we want everybody to understand and realise the contribution that nursing can make, which is pretty considerable, and it not be defined by the country that you are in.”

To celebrate year of the nurse, the trust has implemented a theme for each month during 2020 which includes a focus on leadership, education, community services and infection control (see full list below).

The trust will also be holding its annual nursing and midwifery awards in May and has plans for two new installations at the hospital, though Dame Eileen could not reveal what they would be.

In addition, the trust has a competition planned with a primary school to “design the future nursing uniform”. Dame Eileen said the winner would then be given the chance to create the uniform.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s themes for the year:

January: Celebrations begin

February: Past, present and future

March: Education and training

April: Reaching your potential

May: Celebrating our professions

June: Advanced practice and research

July: Infection control

August: Leadership development

September: Community services

October: International heritage

November: Strategy and smiles

December: Florence Nightingale’s legacy

Source: https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/2020-international-year-of-the-nurse-and-midwife/chief-nurse-at-london-trust-aims-for-zero-nurse-vacancies-in-2020-23-01-2020/

Why I dumped Nursing For Politics – Abiodun Essiet

Abiodun Essiet, a gender advocate, women leader of Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF) and public health consultant, is the special adviser (SA) to the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon. Abdullahi Candido, on ICT, donor agencies, and civil societies. In this interview with ENE OSANG, she speaks on how she joined politics, her experience among others.

What is your background and did it influence you joining politics?

I am a registered nurse. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science and a Masters in Public Health. I also hold a Diploma in Development Leadership and certificate in Community Development Leadership by Women, Conflict, and Peace-building, Action Research for Citizens-led Change from Coady International Institute, Nova Scotia, Canada.

I am a passionate community leader with seven years of experience in project management, community development and leadership. I am also involved in identifying development gaps in society and ways of bridging the gaps.

In 2018, I participated in the canvassing pan African youth democracy programme and I am working on a six-month project in my community on public service efficiency by engaging elected representatives to become more accountable, efficient and to deliver impactful governance to citizens.

Currently, I am the National Director for Women, Gender and Development Affairs of Africa Youth Union Commission, as well as the Executive Director of Abiodun Essiet initiative for girls, a Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) dealing with youth and women empowerment, Board Member and Health Consultant For Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative and a volunteer for Baobab for Women’s rights.

I am actively engaged in public service, volunteerism and mentoring, and I started the “35% Inclusion Movements”, a grassroots movement aimed at reaching 35 per cent inclusion of women in decision making positions towards 2019 Nigeria general election.

I created a social media network known as the Young Africa Women leaders Network to Mentor young women across Africa on politics and leadership development, a platform I use to share my political journal as an aspirant in the general election in Nigeria.

Your background is in the healthcare sector, why did you move to politics?

I practiced nursing for some years and later moved into the civil society which launched me into an activism program. I became an advocate for gender equality and good governance.

My work in civil society got me involved in women’s empowerment programmes that really opened my eyes to the issues women are facing across the various sectors of life and development. The activist in me was not okay with the status quo. I felt something has to be done especially concerning the marginalization of women in governance.

This led to starting a grassroots movement called ‘35% Inclusion Movement, to advocate for 35% inclusion of women in leadership at both the public and private sectors, which was in line with international declarations and treaties like CEDAW, and Beijing platform for action 1995.

In the year 2016, I decided to practice what I preached by fully getting involved in politics by registering in a political party.

I see politics as an important tool for getting into governance. For so long we have left some specific kind of people who are not really interested in developing this nation in politics to shape our governance system which I was not happy about. I felt we needed a new crop of people who are transformational leaders, interested in developing this nation in politics.

My parents are politician, so at the early stage of my life I started participating in party politics passively but I became a partisan politician in 2016.

As an undergraduate and also in the postgraduate, I contested for different positions in our departmental association.

So, what has the experience been as SA to AMAC chairman?

Well, I contested in the last general elections as counsellor for my ward, Orozo Ward, which is one of the 12 wards that constitute AMAC.

I contested against five men and lost at the primary election. Although I didn’t like how everything turned out during my primary elections, I continued working for the party.

I was made the campaign secretary for my ward for the campaign team of APC, where I worked with other members of the party to canvas for votes for our candidates at the general election.

I also joined the APC FCT Women Leader, Hon. Hail Mary Aipob, campaign structure, where we formed a new campaign team called Women and Youth for Buhari. We went around the FCT with the minister to canvas for votes.

The AMAC chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, noticed my commitment to the party and my community development work and he requested that I should join his team to serve the people.

I joined the team in May 2019 and my seven months in office has been interesting and challenging. Coming from a civil society background some of the civil servants found my zeal to make a change strange because they are used to having things done in a particular.

So, I spent 1st month in office to understand the system and to draft my agenda. In my one month in office, I was able to revive the ICT unit and I updated our social media pages. I registered AMAC as a member of world smart cities and local governments. I also created a structure to manage the affairs of civil societies in AMAC.

The first few months of resumption of the administration were used to set the agenda. Interactive meetings were held with the staff of the ICT division, the information division of the council and the social welfare unit of the council. Assessment of the website, social media platforms of the council was carried out by the team; information gathered was used to initiate the process for updating the website of the council with the website developer.

We also had engagement with relevant donors and civil societies. The team paid a courtesy visit to various national and international organizations.

We now have a very active social media handles. We are currently updating our website. In this process, my team is working on securing the website, activating links to the various departments and we also working on creating a newsfeed section on the website.

I led AMAC delegation on a governance impact learning visit to Kigali, Rwanda, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The governance impact learning visit is a program designed to expose young political leaders to global standards of governance and provide them with a peer support space for ideating on how to cascade such learning experiences for governance impact in their local political leadership and sphere of influence. Participants spent six days visiting relevant government agencies and institutions in Rwanda and UAE.

What informed the choice Rwanda and Dubai?

Rwanda is ranked as the second easiest place to do business in Africa and also ranks higher than Nigeria in the global competitiveness index by the World Bank.

While Dubai which was an emerging state in the early ’80s has become one of the world’s leading tourist and investment destinations within a space of three decades, and Nigeria with far more resources than both countries lags behind. Both countries have substantially improved vital sectors such as education, health, transportation, and tourism, which have significantly enhanced the impact of government on the lives of the citizenry.

Rwanda and Dubai also have a relatively flexible visa policy and low travel costs.

I ensured development partners meeting with the council chairman whereby 21 partners attended the meeting with the cabinet members of the council.

The meeting was organized to provide a coordinating platform for the council to know the donors and NGO’s working on various projects within the municipal area and to create an opportunity for development partners to share their projects and action plans.

At the meeting, the chairman recognized that the government cannot do everything; partnership globally can assist the government. Interventions through organizations will ensure services reach consumers and promote the development of a more united and prosperous Area Council; through encouraging brotherhood between Indigenes and other Nigerians to appreciate stronger ties and partnership. The meeting was also to strengthen existing infrastructure and we harped the need for AMAC microfinance banks to support economic empowerment among the less income AMAC residents.

Also, the need for sustainable agriculture development, promoting the achievement of basic health care provision across all our Primary Health Care Centres; partnership for e-governance service delivery in the council; exchange programmes with other councils across the globe and an all-inclusive government that encourages women to contribute their quota to development at all levels was stressed.

You joined AMAC seven months ago but was awarded the most efficient staff in 2019, how did this make you feel council?

I feel excited and proud of my achievement. I promised myself to perform my duties with excellence. Knowing that women hardly occupy the position I occupy at all levels of government I wanted to make women proud and also for the men to find it worthy to always put women in positions of authority. My success is dedicated to women in governance.

My achievements rebranded AMAC on social media, built the capacity of staff on ICT. I ensured AMAC was registered with Wego Facilitator, AMAC partners and ICT investor.

I established a structure for creating a gender unit and gender policy in AMAC to sensitise staff on gender-based violence at the workplace.

I promoted working relationship of AMAC with developmental partners by setting first-ever Round-table discussion on development with the AMAC chairman. I also facilitated several projects/programmes for AMAC from NGOs and donor agencies.

Before I came to office, men had been occupying this position for a long time and none of them could do half of what I did in seven months. I am happy I have a HeforShe as chairman. He appreciates good work and awarded me the overall best cabinet member in AMAC for 2019.

What is your vision for AMAC?

My vision for AMAC is for the council to be the best local government in Nigeria, setting the pace for others to follow. I look forward to an inclusive council with the agenda of bringing dividends of democracy to citizens.

Also, I envision a council that supports citizen’s involvement in governance, promoting open governance and transparency.

In line with my office, I want AMAC to be the best council that promotes enabling environment for none governmental organisations to engage with the council

What advice will you give young women who are facing challenges in politics?

I will encourage them to be bold, calm and collected. Learn about politics before getting into it. Have a mentor within the party structure.

They should know their constituency very well and relate well with members of their constituency as well as community leaders.

Their success in politics also depends on money, every month I set aside 20 per cent of my salary to give welfare to people in my community.

So, what will you say to Nigerians in general?

To all Nigeria, good governance depends on our day to day actions and not just on the actions of few people elected to manage the affairs of government.

Get involved in governance; let your voice be heard. Change begins with us.

To women, take the steps. We are often limited by so many factors that directly or indirectly affect our lives. Believe in your dreams and take the necessary steps towards actualising those dreams, the world will not fall apart without you.

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