NMA elects Kabiru new Kogi chairman
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State chapter has elected Dr Zubair Kabiru its new Chairman to steer the ship of the association for the next two years.
Kabiru was elected at the end of the association’s 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference held in Lokoja, the state capital.Kabiru a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist and Parasotologist at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, polled 174 votes to beat his closest rival, Dr Jimmy Idata of the Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology, Kogi Specialist Hospital, who had 58 votes.
Also elected, as the Secretary of the association is Dr. Okogbuwa Osaretin, while Dr Friday Ameh, was elected Assistant Secretary unopposed.Other State executive officers were also elected to fill the other executive positions.
In his acceptance remarks, Kabiru said he was very excited about the result of the election, saying, “I have been a member of NMA for over 10 years, and I have had several experiences from the past leadership.”
Kabiru, who was the immediate past Secretary of the association, said that the new executives would carry every member along and work assiduously to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors.
He said that his mission was to reduce their members’ overdependence on government, to look into areas where doctors could utilize their skills to earn money and invest.
“As the immediate past secretary, I understand all the challenges the association is contending with especially the issue of non-payment of salary, which almost caused disunity between federal and state doctors.“We want correction of underpayments, implementation of corrected/adjusted CONMESS, promotion and annual step increment, among others.
“We are appealing to the governor to fulfil his promise to make the welfare of doctors priority to his government,’” he said.The new NMA Chairman, therefore, called on the state government to ensure regular payment of doctors’ salaries to prevent their mass exodus to other states.
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