Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos
By Paul Obi
The newly sworn in National Executives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Sunday in Abuja, took a swipe on Lagos State Government, accusing the Governor Babatunde Fashola-led administration of double standard and reneging from the agreement it reached with the state chapter of NMA.
Speaking with journalists on the council first official assignment, the NMA President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, said the state government contributed to the distrust between it and the Medical Guild, which subsequently led to the ongoing strike by the medical doctors.
According to Enabulele, “We decry the current crisis in the health sector of Lagos State occasioned by the dispute between the medical guild and the Lagos state government over the implementation of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure”, adding: “Flexing muscles with workforce and professionals on basic demands and necessities of life will aggravate an already tensed situation.”
The NMA president added that the crisis would not have escalated if the state government had not assaulted the medical guild.
“While we condemn the unprovoked assault on members of the medical guild, we wish to urge the Lagos state government to down play the use of threats and queries and embrace sincere and genuine dialogue towards speedy resolution of the crisis,” he said.
The NMA also tasked the Federal Government to put an end to frivolous medical trips by public officers and political office holders.
It said: “Without prejudice to the fundamental rights of Nigerians to determine where to procure health care services, as long as a dependable and effective health care for any ailment is available in Nigeria, any public officer or political office holder wishing to travel abroad for such should do so at his or her own expense.”
Further, NMA likewise urged the government to expedite action in the prosecution of those indicted in the fuel subsidy and pension scams, “NMA is alarmed at the revelations of massive fraud and corruption in the oil industry as revealed by the recent subsidy probe, we call on the government to as a matter of constitutional responsibility, prosecute all those indicted by the panels,” the body maintained.
The Dr. Omede Idris led executive ended its tenure at the just concluded Annual General Meeting, where Enabulele emerged president, with Dr. Bukar Grema, Uche Ojinmah, Dr. A. Pemu, Dr. Kefas Zemaya and Dr. Priscilla Denen Akaa as members of the council.