The National President of Nigeria Association of Social Workers, NASoW, Alhaji Mashood Mustapha, has inaugurated the Delta State chapter of the association.
The newly inaugurated executive members include Mrs. Adebayo Jane Ohore (chairperson); Adibeli O (Vice Chairman); Azemohor Shadrack (Secretary) and Mrs. Gilo E (Assistant Secretary).
Others are Mr. Chris Opone (Financial Secretary); Miss Emekpe E. (Welfare Officer); Mrs. Emethilue Ijeoma (Program Officer); Mrs. Julie Ireyefoju (Treasurer); Fred Ogeh (Auditor); Bar. Udolu Reuben (Legal Adviser) and Apostle Rexdom Uche Wisdom (Public Relations Officer).
Mustapha, while inaugurating the new executive members, charged them to always earn professional respect through quality social service delivery and should not demand for it.
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He advised them to promote professionalism that would not only be defined by the quality of intellectual capacity and competence but also by the level of integrity bearing in mind that there was a global shift towards social work and should all be sensible to the blessing.
Mustapha urged the new executive to be diligent, fair and just in their new leadership positions as servants of the people because the era of ‘I am, I am’ is over.
He said leadership would only be judged by the quality of our actions.
As social workers, he enjoined the executive to be problem solvers by developing their problems coping and problems solving capacities in order to move the association towards the direction of change and adaptation to reality.
He said, “As social workers, your roles are to solve problems of individuals, groups and communities through application of casework principles; you are to provide psychosocial support for individuals, families and communities through your knowledge of science of human relations and skill in relationship.
“I want you to continue to participate in all activities such as our AGM, council meetings and all other statutory activities. I also want you and all other members of NASoW in Delta State to shun all activities that may put our profession into disrespect and disrepute by always upholding the ethics of our profession because it is the only way to earn our desired respect.”