THE Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON) has prided itself on pushing its ‘Bill for an act on Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria’ to the last stage in the presidency.
Disclosing this in Ibadan on Tuesday was the national president of the association, Professor Elizabeth Omotunde Egbochuku in her address at the opening ceremony of the 45th international conference of the association held at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Lecture Theatre, University of Ibadan.
The theme of the ongoing international conference is “Counseling for Effective Citizenship and National Rebirth in the Post COVID-19 Era.”
She enjoined members of the association to continue to pray for the successful passage of the bill.
The national president also announced at the conference that the intended national secretariat was near completion, as it had been fully decked, adding the building had already been put to use.
“We have started using the secretariat building. In fact, our 2021 National Delegate Congress (NDC) took place in the secretariat. We however need fund to complete the building of the secretariat,” she stated.
While speaking on the 2021 NDC, she said past activities of the various state chapters despite COVID-19 pandemic were assessed and the winning chapters were Delta State as first, Oyo State, second and Kano State, third respectively.
She congratulated and thanked CASSON, Oyo State chapter, for putting in its best to make this year’s international conference a reality just as she commended members of the association, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), chairman and other committee members for working assiduously to ensure that the conference was successful.
The Oyo state chairperson, Dr Ndidi Mercy Ofole, in her welcome address, noted that the theme of the conference was aptly conceptualised to explore how counselling psychologist can work in synergy with other sectors to stimulate effective citizenship towards the actualisation of the well-articulated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She recounted some of the achievements of Oyo CASSON to include: laying of the foundation of the Oyo CASSON secretariat on a land donated by one of its long-standing members, Dr Joshua Oyebamiji, online-based monthly skill training programmes to enable members to be able to offer e-counselling, signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oyo State Ministry of Justice and Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) to integrate the provision of counselling services into the correctional homes’ (prisons) punishment scheme, among others.
In his remarks, the chairman, Local Organising Committee(LOC), Professor Taslim Ayobami Hammed said the leadership of Oyo CASSON and members having been saddled with the responsibility of hosting the conference, all worked hard toward ensuring that huge success of the conference was not just achieved but to also put up an event which outcome would significantly impact the entire nation.
At the event, African Newspaper of Nigeria plc (ANN Plc), publishers of the Tribune title was honoured with an institutional award for it tremedous contribution to national development.
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