NMA commends Nigerian government over reinstatement of sacked doctors

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has welcomed the reinstatement of over 16,000 doctors sacked by the government, and the reversal of a ban on the doctors’ residency training.

The National President of the NMA, Kayode Obembe, applauded government’s decision when he announced the development to members of the association during an Executive Council meeting in Awka.

He said the action of the federal government was a welcome development, adding that the association had been hopeful that government would reverse its decision after the suspension was announced.

“The Minister of Health has withdrawn the sack letters issued to our members with effect from August 28.

“This will go a long way in strengthening our resolve to help meet the medical needs of the nation as we have been working to provide a visible solution to contain the deadly Ebola virus,” he said.

The Chairman of the association’s Anambra branch, Eric Anazodo, also hailed the development, saying it was a step in the right direction.

Mr. Anazodo said the meeting was held to enable members find ways to assist the ministry contain the Ebola virus disease.

While maintaining the association’s resolve to deliver the best medical practice to patients, the chairman urged government to assist in finding ways to resolve the crisis that led to the strike.

The three-day executive meeting will end on Sunday.

Also, the immediate past president of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Osahon Enabulele lauded the Federal Government for reversing the suspension of the residency training.

In a statement Friday, Mr. Osahon commended President Goodluck Jonathan for “listening to the voices of reason”.

“I received with gladness the news in the media of the presidential directive reversing the ill-advised suspension of the Residency Training Program (RTP) and sack of 16,000 Resident doctors in Nigeria.

“I commend President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR‎ for listening to the voices of reason by his statesmanly decision to unconditionally reverse the Federal Government’s earlier ill-advised directive to suspend the RTP and sack 16, 000 Resident doctors” he stated.

He however urged the government to adopt more positive approaches in resolving challenges in the country’s health sector.

He also called on the government to respect all agreements reached with the NMA.

“I urge the Federal Government to adopt in the future more positive, objective and statesmanly approaches towards resolving the challenges befuddling Nigeria’s health sector, in a way that promotes constructive engagement, best practices and professionalism.

“While I hope that this latest directive of the President will be immediately communicated to the various Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Nigeria’s Federal Tertiary Health Institutions for immediate unconditional implementation, I sincerely urge the Federal Government to honestly and responsibly respect all past and present agreements she willingly signed with the Nigerian Medical Association” he said.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Enabulele and his ill advised comments

  • John green

    Like jonathan like his advisers, what did he achieved now?? A failed approach with failed GEJ….shior, we need change jooor

  • Power to the people!

    Great editorial. Nice job.However, I see some of the bad guys of yesterday already on the Buhari corridors

  • Abdul

    I’ve wondered for years; why aren’t we exploring wind and solar alternatives to power supply. Guess it’s the big project idea rather than what works.

    • share Idea

      The same reason, the nation does not know that we can make generate so much revenue by applying effective tax system. We like quick wins without long term plan.

      The current privatisation will help in driving rapid electricity distribution. What has been the problem is the election and hand over activities has really affected so many things in the country. Once Buhari gives his speech tomorrow investors will react based on their perception of his policy direction.

      GEJ have done a whole lot of ground work for the country and it is just for Buhari to continue them and fine tune some that are no longer yielding results. The Good thing is that GEJ’s dispositions so far will make Ex Niger delta militants not to sabotage GMB administration which is a plus for every patrotic Nigerians.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    Good point. This same Emeka Ofor was the first to pay a solidarity visit to Gen Buhari after all his efforts to prevent Buhari from winning the election failed, apparently to woo for business as usual. Some previous IPP culprits must be visibly punished to show that things must work this time around. The press should also do away with timidity and assume its noble role of the watchdog. Investigative analysis such as this editorial should be a matter of course in all government activities in the heat of a government’s tenure, not at its twilight.

  • taiwo

    I always wonder why Aso rock uses generators instead of solar power. I would have expected a federal govt that is clued-up to have pushed for solar as backup or main source of power in the Presidency, National Assembly & Supreme Court. This would have shown the right example & encouraged entrepreneurs & average Nigerian consumers to seriously consider solar energy & other renewable sources of energy. Imagine the amount of waste we generate in Nigeria, yet we only use them for landfilling.

    • IskaCountryman

      solar power is witchcraft…

      • taiwo

        Lol! Like Shango right? Welcome back Iska. We have missed the wit & humour in your one-liners. BTW, what does ISKA mean & where have you been all this while?

        • IskaCountryman

          kidnapper…you would not see me …

  • Dr.Dan

    I wonder why premium times only mention Emeka Ofor as if he is the only one. How about Abdulsalami Abubakar, Femi Otedola, Dangote, Namadi Sambo, Tunde Ayeni,?

    • IskaCountryman

      because he is nyamiri…

  • Babatunde

    The problem is the stranglehold that the Federal Government has on the power issue in Nigeria. If you remove the electricity (power) from the exclusive purview of the Federal Government today, every state and the FCT will see a quantum leap in our power generation and distribution. Talk about FCT, the place should be run by an elected Mayor and not by an appointed Minister. Like everything else in Nigeria including gasoline, subsidy and patronage are the songs in town. Politicians at the Federal level will not let go even if we all have to go back to pre -1900. Thanks to Obasanjo who privatized some of these sinkholes between 1999 and 2007. If we privatize electricity today in Nigeria, distribution and all, Nigerians will breathe a sigh of relief. Will the Federal Government close that loophole and let go of this behemoth? Your guess is good as mine. I hope they do. Or else, we will be singing the same song fifty years from now.

    • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

      One of the last bills signed by GEJ, thankfully, addresses this issue.

  • IskaCountryman

    apc has no agenda…but a motto…change…