President Buhari signs CASSON Act
By Bello Kano
President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON) Act making the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria a full-fledged body, recognized by law.
The National President , Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON), Prof. Elizabeth Omotunde Egbochuku who stated this in a statement, on Wednesday said the assent by the President was coming after 26 years of its first certificate of registration.
The statement said the Bill, which was first read on the floor of the Senate on March 1, 2018 was assented to by the President Muhammadu Buhari on June 27, 2022, which makes it 26 years after the association had got its certificate of registration on April 22, 1996.
Solacebase reports that CASSON act empowers the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria to conduct qualifying examinations, regulate the counselling profession, and determine standard of knowledge and skill required of persons seeking to become members of the Counselling Profession in Nigeria.
Egbochuku however called on the members to embrace the Act and give the body necessary cooperation.
According to her, “Counselling has been centrifugally a school-based activity, helping learners to actualize their academic potentials and make appropriate career decisions. These goals remain central to the core professional focus of Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON).
“However, with the establishment of and the passage of CASSON’s Bill, the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria, CASSON is now in a position to offer much more.
“The Bill was assented to by the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on the 27th of June 2022, that is twenty-six (26) years after the Association got her 1st Certificate of Registration on the 22nd of April 1996.
“The Bill was first read on the floor of the Senate on the 1st of March 2018.
“A professional counsellor is a highly trained individual who is able to use different range of counselling approach with their client to resolve personal, social, or psychological issues (problems and difficulties).
“Effective counselling reduces confusion by enabling the client to make informed decisions leading to positive changes in their attitude and or behaviour. The ultimate aim is to assist the client make their own choices, reach their own decisions and act upon them accordingly,” CASSON National President, Prof. Egbochuku however stated.