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Pictures from 10th Annual International conference of ISOWN



Pictures from 10th Annual International conference of the institute of Social work Nigeria held at the women development centre, Abuja

Institute to partner stakeholders against ‘modern day slavery’, others


By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN) said it will organise a two-day international conference in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Uk, Modern Slavery project Team.
The institute noted that the conference was aimed at repositioning social work practice and ensure acceptable standard of the profession globally.
The organisation in a statement issued yesterday by Mr Michael Aniekan, ISOWN Communications Manager, said the conference scheduled for November 4 to 5 would feature seven key sub themes geared toward addressing pressing social development problems in the society
He listed the sub themes as Modern-day slavery, rehabilitation and reintegration, community development, boarder control, access to legal aid service as well as social welfare interventions.
Aniekan who identified the conference as 10th in the series noted that it would have in attendance social welfare officers, community development experts from across 776 local government area councils in Nigeria and the Commonwealth.
“The seminar will draw together some of the leading social experts, lawyers and social work educators, stakeholders to help reposition the practice and ensure standard of profession as deemed acceptable globally.
“In attendance will also be relevant government agencies and parliamentarians at the forefront of reviewing and drawing up content for possible amendment on existing legislation and raising awareness of these issues in their constituencies.
“In Nigeria, there are particular challenges relating to social development which has hindered national growth; with Sub-Sahara Africa recording a high rate of social infrastructural decay in the world.”

Institute Commends FG For Establishing Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs


By Ruth Oketunde

Abuja – The Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISWON) has commended the Federal Government for establishing the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to tackle modern day slavery and other social welfare issues.

This is contained in a statement by the institute’s Communications Manager, Mr Micheal Aniekan, on Wednesday in Abuja.

It said that the country had been faced with numerous challenges relating to social development, which in turn had hindered national growth.
“In Nigeria, there are particular challenges relating to social development which has hindered national growth; with Sub-Sahara Africa recording a high rate of social infrastructural decay in the world.

“We commend the federal government for responding to this challenge by introducing the new ministry and believe that this ministry will live up to expectations,” the statement read in part.

It added that on its part, ISWON will organize a two-day international conference in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK, Modern Slavery Project Team to address modern day slavery, among others.
It listed other sub-themes to be discussed as rehabilitation and reintegration, community development, boarder control, access to legal aid service and social welfare interventions.
The statement said the conference scheduled for Nov. 4 and 5 will have social development experts and relevant government agencies as participants. 

Institute commends FG for establishing Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs



Illustration: Social work

By Ruth Oketunde

The Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISWON) has commended the Federal Government for establishing the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to tackle modern day slavery and other social welfare issues.

This is contained in a statement by the institute’s Communications Manager, Mr Micheal Aniekan, on Wednesday in Abuja.

It said that the country had been faced with numerous challenges relating to social development, which in turn had hindered national growth.

“In Nigeria, there are particular challenges relating to social development which has hindered national growth; with Sub-Sahara Africa recording a high rate of social infrastructural decay in the world.

“We commend the federal government for responding to this challenge by introducing the new ministry and believe that this ministry will live up to expectations,” the statement read in part.

It added that on its part, ISWON will…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Institute urges President Buhari to assent to social work bill


by Esther Reporter November 4, 2019

The Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISWON) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Nigerian Council for Social Work Bill passed by the National Assembly. Dr John Emaimo, the Executive Secretary of the ISWON, made the appeal on the sideline of institute’s 10th Annual Conference on Monday in Abuja. He said the bill, which seeks to establish the council to regulate the practice of professional social work in the country, would help social workers to have legal backing. “It is encouraging that the Federal Government recently established the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. “Therefore, since social work is for the welfare of the society, we need to work together with the ministry and reorganise ourselves for better service delivery,” he said. Emaimo also called on social workers to be professional in the discharge of their duties and encouraged them to engage in continuous training for improved performance. In his remark, Mr Aliyu Abubakar, Director General, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, said that the council was working toward introducing a police duty solicitor scheme to support social work activities in the country. According to him, the scheme will ensure that lawyers are stationed at different police stations to provide legal intervention to indigent Nigerians at the point of detention. Mr Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), also charged social workers to understand their roles in the advancement of human rights. Ojukwu, who was represented by Mr Iheme Richmond, said that social workers should always see themselves as professional care givers. “As a helping profession, you ought to scale up practice aimed at bringing about needed changes in persons, families, communities and the social environment. “You need to promote human wellbeing by strengthening opportunities, resources and capacities of people in their environment. “You must also create polices and services to correct the conditions that limit human rights and the quality of life,” he said. The two-day conference with the theme: ‘Repositioning Social Work Practice for National Development’ had participants from the 36 states and the FCT.
https://dailytimes.ng/2019/11/04/institute-urges-president-buhari-to-assent-to-social-work-bill/

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Modern day slavery: Participants seeks media support on regular sensitization

By RUTH OKETUNDE


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Participants at the just concluded Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN) 10th Annual Conference, in Abuja, have called for media support on regular reportage of cases of modern day slavery.

In a communiqué issued on Friday, the participants said that it was important for media organisations to increase the awareness of modern slavery in order to curtail the menace.

The communique was signed by Dr Ottun Kemi, the council’s secretary.Also, KDSG urges Civilian JTF to collaborate with security agencies.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the conference had as theme, “Repositioning Social Work Practice for National Development.”

It also had “Modern-day slavery, rehabilitation and reintegration, community development, boarder control, access to legal aid service as well as social welfare interventions’’ as sub-themes.

The participants said such awareness would help combat human trafficking and forced labour, as well as addressing its root cause.

“This awareness is critical, especially for those in the rural communities.

“Human trafficking is such a dynamic industry of exploitation that law must carefully address and stiffer penalties meted on perpetrators.

“We also resolved that during engagements with the vulnerable, communicating key messages using simple language that best suit the person should be made paramount.

“It is also important that sister agencies collaborate to curb trafficking crimes in Nigeria, as this fight cannot be left in the hands of NAPTIP only.

“There is also a need for social workers to conduct effective inquiries into human trafficking and forced labour issues before attempting to address issues.

“As they may not necessarily be slavery in the real sense when family is the point of focus,” participants said.

Participants also stressed that victims of modern slavery should be treated victims and not criminals.

They also called on the Nigerian Bar Association to support the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria in providing free legal services to victims who need it.

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edited by Sadiya Hamza

We’ll stop at nothing in protecting women, children – Gbajabiamila

By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA – Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed the commitment of the National Assembly to addressing the issues of social development in the country, saying it will stop at nothing in protecting the vulnerable especially women and children.

He spoke at the 10th International Conference of the Institute of Social Works of Nigeria in Abuja with the theme: “Rehabilitation and reintegration within the context of social work”.

Gbajabiamila described the establishment of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management by the federal government as a step in the right direction but urged stakeholders to not only focus on providing humanitarian aid to the vulnerable but also attend to their psychosocial needs.

The Speaker, who was represented by his Special Assistant on IDPs, Hamza Ibrahim, noted: “In most IDP camps, their focus is on humanitarian operations rather than psychosocial interventions.

“Though food and clothing are important but their psychosocial needs are more glaring and requires urgent intervention with social workers key to helping with these persons.”

Speaking also, the Executive Director, Institute of Social Work of Nigeria, Dr. John Emaimo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give his assent to the bill for the establishment of National Council of Social Work (NCSW).

He said the law would empower the Institute to tackle the problems of out-of-school children, proliferation of baby factories, discrimination against women and poor welfare for the aged.

“We need legal backing to do what is expected of us not funding. The issue first and foremost is legitimacy, then the power.

‘‘Majority of the societal vices plaguing the nation such as baby racketeering, baby factory, improper care of children in orphanage and adopted children will be addressed by the NCSW law.

“These issues are mounting as a result of lack of supervisory mechanism, lack of standard benchmark on what need to be done but when the council comes into force, of course benchmark will be provided, orphanage will also register among others. We need legal backing to enable us operate effectively.

“So far, the social works bill has passed through the House of Representative and the Senate. But we are waiting for the president to assent the bill and once it is assented we can now swing into action, “Emaimo said.

Executive secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, in his goodwill message, charged all social workers to wake up to their responsibility of human rights protection at all levels and community space.

Represented by Barr. Iheme Richmond,  the Executive Secretary stressed the need for social work practitioners to see the protection of human right as a fundamental reason for engagement and to observe human rights violations and take necessary actions when necessary.

He, therefore, called for collaboration with the institute in order to foster synergy and also help reposition its services to better humanity.

From the office of the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives


Press statement

6th November 2019

Wase Inducted into fellowship of Institute social work .

The Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon.Idris Wase was on Wednesday inducted into the fellowship of the Institute of Social Work of Nigeria.

The Deputy Speaker was conferred with title by the Executive Director of the Institute Dr. John Emaimo who were on a courtesy visit in his office at the National assembly.

The Deputy Speaker thanked the institute for the conferment of the fellowship and assured them that he will not relent in pushing for laws that would provide opportunities for Nigerians to achieve their potentials in the filed of social welfare services.

Earlier in his remarks Executive Director of the institute Mr. Emaimo, said the bill establishing the institute of social work is assented to by the President, the social work space in the country will change as the bill is geared towards enhancing social welfare services in Nigeria.

He informed the Deputy Speaker that the Institute of Social Work of Nigeria is the only professional body that is recognized by law for the training of social workers in country and the target is community development.

The Director while congratulating Wase on his election as Deputy Speaker, also appreciated the contribution of the Deputy Speaker, particularly in social work and community development for over a decade.

Similarly, the Deputy Speaker has also received in his office, the Association of Deputy Chairmen of Local Government Councils of Nasarawa State.

The Deputy Speaker assured them of continuous support in their efforts at rural or community development.

He further assured them that the local government autonomy will be the number one priority of the 9th assembly constitution review committee, and tasked them get involved  by talking to their state house of assembly members to support the bill.

Umar Muhammad – Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives

Press release by the Deputy speaker, House of Representatives on the government of Fellowship of the Institute of Social work Nigeria.


Pics above shows a visit to the deputy speaker Rt. Hon Idris Ahmed Wase. For conferment of fellow of the institute and policy draft consultative meeting with other relevant committee chairpersons.

Training for Social Work Leaders in all Local Government Area in Lagos State, Nigeria

Social Work Proficiency Certificate Examination in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Social workers engaging teachers and pupils on the dangers of child trafficking and domestic servitude.


Professional Training for the staff of the Ministry of Gender and Social Development, Enugu State, Nigeria on best practices in engaging the vulnerable.


Akwa ibom chapter of ISOWN visits the orphanage to celebrate Christmas.


Brief interview on the issue of Human trafficking in Nigeria with ISOWN officials and stakeholders


Novelty match at LABADI BEACH RESORT, ACCRA, GHANA



Isown Communications manager joins stakeholders across Africa and the commonwealth at a Novelty match to raise awareness against Human trafficking at LABADI BEACH RESORT, ACCRA, GHANA