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NCE ratifies PCN’s powers

By Victor  Ahiuma-Young
ABUJA — INDICATIONS have emerged that National Council on Establishments, NCE, has taken steps to correct its earlier vesting of the authority to regulate Pharmaceutical Technologists and Pharmacy Technicians in the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, PCN, to avert industrial restiveness in the health sector.

It will be recalled that Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, had protested to the Head of Service of the Federation and also taken PCN to a Lagos State High Court over the matter.

The Head of Service, in a letter to Secretary-General of MHWUN, dated July 26, 2012, said: “There was no mention of a subsisting court ruling on the matter(s) when they were presented and considered at the last National Council on Establishments meeting, which took the decision.

“Accordingly, steps had been taken to expunge the said items from the communiqué of the last NCE meeting.”

MHWUN had argued that “Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmaceutical Technologists were bonafide cadres with their own institutionalised mechanisms and processes for regulation and practice in general.”


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