GOVERNING BOARDS TO FOCUS ON OVERSIGHT AND POLICY FORMULATION -Gwarzo

The Chairman of the 6th Governing Board of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) inaugurated on Monday, June 3, 2019, Prof. Muhammad Yelwa Gwarzo has assured the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) that the Governing Boards of the five newly inaugurated Boards of Health Professional Regulatory Agencies will concentrate on oversight and policy formulation in their respective Council. This assurance was contained in his remarks while responding on behalf of the Chairmen and members of the five Health Regulatory Councils/Boards at the NAF Conference Centre, the venue of the inauguration ceremony. “The Permanent Secretary Sir, we are very much conscious of our roles as Governing Boards vis-a-vis the roles of the CEOs in our respective Council/Board. While we shall not shirk in our responsibility in providing policies frameworks, guidelines for the implementation of the policies and above all oversight, we are also not unmindful of the statutory roles of CEOs in the day to day running of the Councils/Boards. I can assure you that there will not be any overlap of functions”, Gwarzo stressed. He further reminded on the need for synergy among Health Professionals if we are desirous of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He charged the CEOs of all the Health Regulatory Agencies to come up with strategies aimed at ensuring team work in the Health industry.

Earlier in his speech, the Permanent Secretary, FMoH, Alh. A.M Abdullahi congratulated the chairmen and members of the five Health Regulatory Councils/Boards on their selection and appointment. He admonished them not to interfere with the day to day running of their respective Council as this responsibility is vested in the office of the Registrars/CEOs. “May I sound this note of warning to the Chairmen and members of the inaugurated Governing Boards that they should not be tempted to dabble into the day to day running of their Councils as this power resides only with the Registrars/CEOs”. Alh. Abdullahi however noted that it is the responsibility of the Governing Boards to provide oversights to their Councils, ensure smooth implementation of government policies, ensure effective and efficient utilization/management of resources in strict adherence to extant laws of the federation. The Permanent Secretary also advised the inaugurated Board chairmen and members to get themselves acquainted with Public Service Rules, Financial Regulations, Public Procurement Acts, Fiscal Responsibility Acts amongst others so that they will be appropriately guided.

While expressing his confidence on the ability of the chairmen and members of the boards to provide the needed support and guidance to take their respective Health Regulatory council/board to the next level, Alh. Abdullahi charged them to follow due process and ensure strict adherence to Federal Character Principles in all their activities.

Later at the MLSCN House, the Top Management committee led by the Ag.Registrar/CEO, Sir Tosan Erhabor warmly received the Chairman and members of the 6th governing board of MLSCN to the Council. He expressed MLSCN’s Management excitement at their inauguration, describing them as capable hands to deliver on the mandate of MLSCN. “The palpable excitement among us comes from our conviction that with the calibre of men and women inaugurated into this board, each bringing forth his/her wealth of experience and untainted pedigree, the task of turning around the fortunes of the Medical Laboratory Science Profession is a done deal”. Nothing can be more reassuring than this, he concluded.