ENUGU REP DEPUTY MINORITY LEADER, OKECHUKWU BAGS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FROM INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL WORK IN NIGERIA

The Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu has received an award for Community Development Excellence Award from the Institute of Social Works of Nigeria (ISOWN).

UGAMATV gathered that award presentation which took place during the Institute’s 12th international conference at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos saw the attendance of so many social workers, humanitarians, philanthropists, politicians and many others as they gathered to commend the Institute on their good work so far and look for a way forward to help the less than average citizens in the country.

The Institute of Social Works of Nigeria (ISOWN) is a professional institute established for training and certification of social work professionals in Nigeria whose mandate is to focus on early intervention, treatments and post treatments with individuals, groups and the general public through education, advocacy and improving access to services, resources and information.

Hon. Toby who received the award alongside many notable individuals for his several humanitarian and philanthropic works in his constituency- Aninri, Awgu, and Oji- River federal constituency and beyond, some of which includes human capital development program, human empowerment program through fish farming, infrastructural development, school projects, paying WAEC fees of over 1000 students yearly, continuous training of over 1000 women and youths in his poverty alleviation scheme, conducting free medical outreach which caters to over 5000 patients yearly for the past 7 years, and many more.

UGAMATV understands that this is not the first time Hon. Toby is bagging an ward of excellence because on June 2021, he also bagged an award of Excellence for outstanding service  From UNTH.

Enugu Delegates for the Annual Conference in a group picture with Toby Okechukwu

Speaking on the social problems facing Nigeria, Okechukwu termed it as a multifaceted and enigmatic abomination which requires the collective will of the government, NGO’s, private sectors and individuals to put to a stop and provide actions to cushion the resulting pressure.

“Of note is the fact that there can be many pre-existing barriers to governmental mandates, legislative amendments, social support schemes, strategic interventions, the support from key stakeholders amongst others, but to ensure the best possible solutions to social issues a broad spectrum of consultation meetings such as this to engage stakeholders and all concerned organs of government to present the issues and seek support, involvement of the media and providing a more detailed understanding of the issues is a sure way of success.

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ENUGU REP DEPUTY MINORITY LEADER, OKECHUKWU BAGS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FROM INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL WORK IN NIGERIA

“it will be erroneous to assume that without the legislative and judicial arm being part of this exercise that the fight against these social problems will be a success. The success of all activities rests on the shoulders of the legislature and the judiciarthy as it involves deliberate and effective formulation of laws to combat these issues as well as the interpretations of such legislations to transport justice to victims who may have become vulnerable and eventual subjects of the situations in focus”, he said.

Commending the leadership and members of the institute for their excellent social work in the country and for always providing the Nigerian Parliament with useful information relevant to amendment of bills, he made known his desire for participants to gain necessary skills to help their work.

Chief Dr. Iyeme Efem, the president and chairman of the council, Institute of Social Works of Nigeria, commended the management of the council for their vision and tenacity which has helped them grow the institute to a formidable body for social workers in Nigeria and commonwealth.

Stressing on how strenuous social work could be, he said, “social work is for the welfare of the society, therefore the social worker must conform to the principles of social justice, rights of the society, synergy within the society, emancipation and empowerment of the society.

“The institute is set up to professionalize the social work in Nigeria ensuring the licensing and continued education for social workers to cope with the ever changing needs of the communities.

“The institute as ever is saddled with the responsibility to support the development and continuos improvement of the professional body and will continue to ensure the profession is provided the needed stream to provide quality service delivery.

“As Fellows and Affiliates of the institute, we are bound to contribute towards learning, either in our participation and contributing to conferences pr activities that improves the social welfare of our communities.

“I would like to encourage fellow professional caregivers that as professionals, we have to live by the code of ethics binding the profession. This included ensuring that we eliminate tardiness in all our endeavours and conduct ourselves so that we can truly work towards a collective goal of improving the welfare of our communities, he said concluding.

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