Nigerians React to Revised Guidelines Over Certificate Verification for Nurses



The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) has faced mass opposition from Nigerian nurses and other users on X following the announcement of revised guidelines for verifying nursing certificates for foreign boards.

The revised guidelines, outlined in a statement by Registrar Dr. Faruk Umar Abubakar on Thursday, February 8th, 2024, aim to streamline the process and improve efficiency.

However, some nurses have expressed concerns about the new requirements and their potential impact.

Key Points of the Revised Guidelines:

• Application submission and fee payment through the online portal (
• Minimum of two years post-qualification experience and an active practicing license with six months’ validity.
• Letters of Good Standing from workplaces and training institutions required, addressed directly to the NMCN.
• Processing time of six months and strict adherence to complete documentation.
• Implementation effective March 1st, 2024.

However, the mandatory non-refundable fee and stricter eligibility criteria were met with criticism. The requirement for at least two years of post-qualification experience and an active license with six months validity was described as “unfair” by some.

Others expressed concern about the affordability of the verification fee, particularly for nurses seeking opportunities abroad.

Implementation Uncertainties:

Uncertainty surrounds the smooth implementation of the new guidelines. The NMCN’s assurance of a six-month processing time was met with skepticism by some nurses who have experienced delays in the past. Concerns were also raised about the potential for bureaucratic hurdles and the accessibility of the online platform for nurses in rural areas.

Here are some reactions from X:

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