By Muyiwa Adekojede
The Nigeria Association of Social Workers(NASOW) Lagos State Chapter and the National Association of Social work Students UNILAG(NASOWS) united to celebrate the International Social Work day. A Conference meeting held on the 18th March, 2020 at the Adeyemi Bero hall, Alausa.
The Keynote Speaker, DR Oyenuga ascertained the genuine nature of a true social worker.
He said, “Social work is not a job, it a calling. It doesn’t mean that social worker are going to be owed. If you practise social work and you enjoy it, you will gain. It is meant to be a part of your life not a business venture.”.
The speaker also justified his 16-years experience as a social work expert, explaining the adverse effect of policies(by FG) not creating enough room for the practise- Social work.
He furthered, “This is why the government keeps out some people. They keep us because this is the bridge between the community for the society and the government. For we (social workers) don’t have the policies that will allow us enjoy the practise.”
The initiative began earlier with an Endurance/Fitness Walk titled ‘Walk for Life’. It kicked off at the Ikeja roundabout axis and ended at the Lagos state secretariat. Participants at the Walk were welcomed by the Hon. Commissioner of Youth and Social development, Mr Segun Dawodu.
He declared the current conditions in which social workers are facing in Lagos state and Nigeria in a whole. He also advanced his support to Social work.
“Social work as far as am concerned, is one of the most underrated courses in this country, you do a lot of work and that is why (we) have been trying to make people aware of what you have been doing to all of us in this state and to Nigeria in particular.”
Present at the event were Keynote Speaker, Dr. Adedeji Oyenuga, National President(NASOW) Alhaji Moshood Mustapha, HOD Social Work(UNILAG), Prof. Badru Fatai, Chairperson (NASOW) Lagos, Mrs Ogedengbe, Emotional Expert, Mrs Bukola Lameed, among others.