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Brief History of the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria (ARN) BY Joshua Sule

The Association was formed at Ibadan ( Adeoye Hospital ) in May 1958, and she had her first conference at Ibadan.

The Association had consistently struggled for the emancipation of the profession without the legal framework of a regulatory body until the year 1987 when the dividend of the struggle was realized., with the enactment of the Decree No. 42 of 1987, which conferred a regulatory authority on the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN). The ARN did all she could to make the Federal Government establish the RRBN in 1987. Even with the establishment of the Board, the Association remained a driving force for the Board as it ( the Board) was struggling to find its footing.

Now , with the Board fully functional and asserting itself, the pressure on the Association is reduced as both bodies synergize to move the profession to greater heights.

The Association became a foundation member of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists in 1961 and has continually played a significant role on the international scene

The ARN is guided by a Board of Management which is the governing board of the Association. It consists of the principal officers of the Association. It serves as an advisory body to the Council.
The Association’s Executive Council, has responsibilities for overseeing the management of the Association’s affairs.

The Council consists of;
A. Nationally elected officers –
i. President, ii. 1st Vice-President,
iii. 2nd Vice President,
iv. National Secretary,
v. Assistant National Secretaries 1 & 2,
vi. Treasurer,
vii. Financial Secretary
viii Public Relations Officer.

B. The Immediate Past President

C. The Immediate Past National Secretary

D. The immediate past Treasurer

E. Branch Representatives

F. Registrar, Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria

G. Member, representing ARN on the RRBN Board.

The council meets four times a year.

In 1983, the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria (ARN) celebrated her 25th (Silver Jubilee) Anniversary at which a 25- year Anniversary Journal was published. The journal catalogued the activities/achievements of the Association since inception in 1958 till the year 1983. From that period (1983 to date), the Association made significant inroad, into uplifting the image / status of Radiographers and Radiography.

1982 – Mounting of a Bsc programme at the University of Calabar ( UNICAL ).

1983 – Commencement of a BSc programme at the university of Nigeria , Nsukka ( UNN).

1987 – The Association was registered and incorporated as a charity organization.

1987 – Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria ( RRBN) was constituted by a military

Decree ( Decree No.42 of 1987)

1987 – Association first designed and produced a ceremonial chain of office.

1989 – First set of board members inaugurated for the RRBN.

2000 – Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Senator Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu CFR installed vice Patron of ARN.

2004 – Degree Programme took off at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

2005 – Federal School of Radiography was ceded to the University of Lagos (UNILAG ).

2008 – Our first Patron ( 1976 – 2008 ) – Otunba T.O.S Benson passed on at age 90.

…you are not a Radiographer by chance! Be passionate about whatsoever you do and you would impact the world!

Sule, J J
National PRO
TheArn Nigeria

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