The Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association (NCDPA) has said that it will henceforth encourage Nigerians to participate in partisan politics.
The association, in a communique it issued in Calabar on Friday at the end of its 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM), stated that encouraging Nigerians to take part in politics was one of the agreements the members reached.
The AGM which began on Monday had as its theme “The Imperative of Effective Evangelisation through Inclusiveness and Political Awareness in Nigeria.
” In the communiqué, the association expressed worries about the leadership challenge besetting the country and promised to change the narrative in 2023. The priests, however, noted that they remained committed to faithfully respecting the sacredness of the pulpit and using it only for the proclamation of the word of God and not for political campaigns.
It stressed that the present socio-political situation in Nigeria called for all hands on deck to help place the country on the path of progress and development.
“We shall use our resources and structures of the church to mobilise all members of Christ’s faithful to participate actively in the task of electing God-fearing and competent leaders to political offices.
“We commit to faithfully adhere to the provisions of Canon 287 S 2 that prohibits priests from participating in partisan politics.
“We shall, therefore, encourage political participation among all,” the communiqué stated.
The NCDPA called on the government to put in place the necessary structures that would ensure free, fair and credible elections in 2023. Meanwhile, the association said it planned to avert restiveness in the country by productively engaging the youth.
“We commit to effectively maintaining our closeness to the young people by creating an enabling environment for talents and skill acquisition programmes and entrepreneurship, especially for those at the local level to avert restiveness,“ the priests aid in the communiqué.
The priests called on by government at all levels to put in place workable plans to ameliorate the plight of Nigerians affected by the floods.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the communique was jointly signed by the association`s National President, Rev. Fr JohnBosco Ezehi and Secretary, Rev. Fr Vincent Illa.
The Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association (NCDPA) has said that it will mobilise effectively the church’s faithful that are of voting age for the 2023 general elections.
The President of the Calabar Archdiocesan chapter of the association, Rev. Emmenuel Duke, said this at its 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Calabar on Wednesday.
The year’s AGM has as its theme: “The Imperative of Effective Evangelism Through Inclusiveness.
” Duke whose archdiocese is hosting no fewer than 170 priests from 56 dioceses, said that the theme was apt because it was about the church and the society.
He explained that as such; the church, especially the Catholic Church, would want to change the political narrative in the 2023 general elections in Nigeria by encouraging its faithful to exercise their franchise.
According to him, “Next year’s elections are like no others.
We did a lot of grassroots’ mobilisation during the voters’ registration and we will do same for the polls.
“We specially wrote the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registration units and had every person of voting age registered.
We have also mobilised them to collect their Permanent Voter Cards’ (PVCs).
“It is the same measure we will adopt during the elections; properly mobilise everybody to exercise their franchise.
“We have told them to vote according to their conscience on election days and that they should not sell their conscience because of money.
“They should vote candidates they believe are sincere, committed and dedicated.
” The association, while bemoaning the current insecurity in the country, however, said that they would remain undeterred.
Rev. Fr. Charles Etim, the Chairman of the Central Organising Committee for the meeting, said that insecurity would not make them (Priests) shy away from the responsibility God has assigned to them.
He stressed that even with the level of insecurity in the country; a priest should not be seen to be carrying gun.
“Our Lord did not carry arm or security guards, we believe that the Lord is there to protect us,” he said.
In his address, the national president of the association, Rev. Johnbosco Ezehi, encouraged all clergymen in the country to remain undaunted despite the present challenges facing the country.
He encouraged Nigerians to pray so that God will lead them into electing good and responsive leaders in 2023.
Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation-Americas (NIDOA) has restated its commitment to supporting compatriots towards sustainable growth and development of the country.
NIDOA reiterated this in a communique issued by Dr Ezekiel Macham, Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of NIDOA after the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Conference in Atlanta.
which held from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16. The AGM and World Conference had as its theme: “A Unified NIDOA for Transformational Impact on Nation Building”.
He said the event served as a platform on which to examine the past, present, and the future of the organisation in relation to the development of Nigeria.
He added that the event served as an opportunity “to deepen and expand unity, comradeship, and commitment among Nigerians and concomitant organisations in Diaspora, to mobilise support and cooperation for transformational nation building and development.
“An outreach committee was appointed to negotiate terms for the integration of chapter(s), yet to join the unified boards.
” The chairman pointed out that the committee is “to continue to collaborate with NIDO-Worldwide and other stakeholders on shared interests on Diaspora Voting Rights, mobilisation of talent and resources to help create knowledge-based economy in Nigeria.
It is to ” vigorously pursue expansion of NIDO-Americas to all countries of the American Continent,” and “to organise impactful capacity building in IT, medical certification, foundation education intervention and vocational trainings, discussion fora and -added activities during annual Diaspora Month starting in July, 2023.” Macham said the BoT was mandated to set up “Task Force” to collate short-term and long-term initiatives; develop modalities for implementation, including timeline and instrument to measure outcomes.
He stressed the need for all Nigerian governmental entities and diplomatic missions to channel citizens’ outreach and programme initiatives through NIDOA, as organisation of first resort.
He reiterated the need for Diasporas to seek INEC’s accreditation to observe the 2023 General Elections in Nigeria, as civic commitment and democratic expression of the sovereign will of Nigerians.
He said that NIDOA bye-laws were amended at the meeting to remove areas of potential conflict between the national and continental bodies, strengthen election procedures, and streamline chapter creation guidelines.
“Specifically, the amended bye-law grants the Boards of Directors the right to constitute election committees to conduct their respective elections.
“Restrict creation of new chapters to residents of the locality or city who wish to establish chapter and mandate they maintain minimum distance of 100-miles apart from each other, unless otherwise directed by the BoT,” he added.
He listed some of the high points of the event to have included Golf Tournament kicked-off by Amb. Amina Smaila, Nigeria Ambassador to the United States, plenary sessions, AGM-business session.
He, however, said the event was attended by the Consul General of Nigeria in Atlanta, and Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul General of Nigeria in New York. Also were, Amb. Joe Keshi, former Permanent Secretary of Nigeria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who delivered keynote address to underscore the urgent need for NIDOA to prioritise intervention initiatives that focused on education, health, and ICT sectors in Nigeria.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, Amb. Dr. Benson Alfred Bana, High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was a special guest at the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) 50th AGM in Lagos.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, GCON, Chairman and CEO of Dangote Industries Ltd, gave a lecture on "Setting the Agenda for Nigeria's Industrialization in the Next Decade".
The High Commissioner used the opportunity to invite captains of industries from Nigeria and West African countries to invest in Tanzania, highlighting the opportunities and incentives provided by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government.
The Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA) has called for the application of Cartography and mapping skills in the 2023 General Elections and census.
President of NCA, Prof. Momoh Rilwani, made the call on Monday at the 43rd International Conference, Workshop and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA) in Abuja.
The week-long event is with the theme “Intelligence Geospatial Mapping for Managing Elections, Census and National Security.
”Cartography is the art and science of graphically representing a geographical area,usually on a flat surface such as a map or chart that may involve the superimposition of political,cultural non-geograpgical divisions.
“General elections are coming and that suffices to state that cartographic skills are required in virtually all aspects,in the administration of election,delimitation of electoral areas,canvassing for votes,among other things.
“In spite of the overwhelming role of cartography in election administration,it is grossly underused,ignored and unappreciated in electoral administration in Nigeria.
“As we prepare for another census in 2023, cartography is pivotal in entrenching an accurate and living census.
“Cartographic skills are required in the demarcation of enumeration areas,distribution of enumerators and supervisors’ workload.
“They also help in spatial aggregations and cross-area referencing of census data,production of thematic maps of census variables,” he said.
He said that the workshop would devote a session to Women in Cartography, have event on Street Mapping by Unique Mappers Network,Map Competition with prizes to be won and induction of new members,among other activities.
Mr Abuduganiyu Adebomehin,Surveyor General of the Federation, said that there was need to increase the number of professionals from university level.
Represented by Mr Emmanuel Nwakanma,a Director, Adebomehin said there was also need for a professional body to regulate the practice of Cartography in the country.
“OSGOF has acquired state-of-the-art equipment and technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Systems with lidar to enhance capacity and manpower skills in all aspects of survey and mapping profession.
“OSGOF is determined to partner constructively with all relevant stakeholders in the area of leadership,research,policy and strategy formulation for better service delivery,” he said.
The SGoF hoped that technical deliberations in the conference would assist identify and address challenges,prospects and opportunities in the profession for a more self-reliant economy.
The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC) Mr Nasir Kwarra,said the 2023 census mapping referred to as Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) would encompass Population and housing census.
Represented by Mr Muhammad Usman,Niger NPC Commissioner, Kwarra said, “the 2023 census will produce a Sustainable National Geographic Frame for Censuses and Surveys as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based.
”Dr Halilu Shaba,Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) said the Cartography was important for security, commercial purposes, as well as navigation.
Represented by Prof. Lazarus Ojigi,Director, Mission Planning and Spatial Data Management, he said mapping helped people to know how to react in their environment.
Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, who was also represented by Maj.-Gen. Elvis Njoku, encouraged professionals to ensure the availability of maps produced locally in the public domain for citizens’ and global consumption.
Mr Stephen Calder, a Town Planner with GIS Transport Limited, said the organisation had produced maps of eight states in the country and it was further working on developing maps for more areas in the country.
NCA, established in 1978 is the recognised professional body of all map makers and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data visualisation professionals in Nigeria.
The NCA holds its annual conference and AGM to present,exhibit and discuss new developments,innovations in mapping sciences and technologies for application in sectors of government for national development.
Highlights of the opening ceremony included conferment of Fellowship Awards, Certificates of Professionalism and other honorary awards to fellows and members of the NCA.
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) on Thursday urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to amicably resolve the dispute between Dangote Cement Plc Plant, Obajana and the Kogi Government over land ownership.
Mr Mansur Ahmed, the MAN President, made the plea while briefing newsmen in Lagos, on the association’s 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the theme: “An Agenda for Nigeria’s Industrialisation for the Next Decade”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Dangote Cement Factory, Obajana, was on Wednesday sealed by some indigenes over alleged questionable circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the company.
The Kogi State House of Assembly had ordered the closure of the company after its investigation into the Cement factory’s operation allegedly revealed that no valid acquisition took place for the company.
The management of Dangote Cement had claimed that no fewer than seven of its staff members were shot and several others injured by the over 500 armed members of the state’s security outfit, the Vigilantes, that stormed the cement factory.
Ahmed described the development as “worrisome and unnecessary use of strong-arm tactics”.
According to him, the action taken by the state government was illegitimate and could have been appropriately addressed, using legal means.
“The development is very worrisome that a government should take measures like that to shutdown a plant that provides jobs and economic activities of large numbers of people in the state.
“The appropriate thing to do is to take the company to court, because this action is illegal and won’t happen in any normally managed economic situation.
“There are ways of resolving amicably and not to use strong-arm tactics.
“We hope the Federal Government will intervene so that such an issue is not repeated,” he said.
Ahmed also urged the government to reconsider its position on increasing excise duty on nonalcoholic and other beverages.
He said that the situation was detrimental to manufacturing competitiveness in the face of inflation.
“Increasing excise duty would on compound the inflation situation as you do not increase tax when the economy is contracting.
“In raising new revenue, you need to be sure that you don’t undermine the revenue process itself by putting so much pressure on those paying taxes.
“Excise duty would increase cost significantly and given the current inflation situation, it’s not worth it,” he said.
On the association’s theme at the 50th AGM, the MAN president said it was borne out of the need to take stock of the nation’s journey to industrialisation.
Ahmed said the event would also ascertain the pains and pain-points; to highlight the performance limiters; recognise the gains and growth milestones and to identify the learning curves and hurdles ahead.
He said that all these would craft a robust agenda for resetting industrialisation, albeit manufacturing in Nigeria.
“The significance of an electioneering year further propels us to bring to the consciousness of aspiring leaders of the nation the importance of a virile manufacturing sector.
“Over the years, the performance of the manufacturing sector has been constrained by numerous familiar challenges that are clearly espoused in our numerous presentations and submissions to the government.
“It is indeed a matter of great concern to our members that even, as our economy continue to experience very slow growth, our policy makers at all levels continue to compound the situation by introducing new taxes, further worsening the difficult and high-cost operating environment.
“In some climes, when the economy slows down, government reduce taxes to encourage businesses to expand, create more jobs and increase economic activities.
“What we are seeing in Nigeria today is not only increasing tax rate, but introducing new taxes and turning every public agency into a revenue collector.
“In the midst of the challenges, we are resilient and soldier on with our advocacy for a conducive atmosphere for the operation of manufacturing business in Nigeria.
“We continue to work toward ensuring that Nigeria becomes an environment that promotes competitiveness,” he said.
Ahmed said that Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group, would be the Guest Speaker at the event.
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari and Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment would be the Special Guest and Guest of honour respectively.
“The programme will, as usual, run for three days from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.
“The background of the current manufacturing situation informed our choice of our distinguished Guest Speaker, who in his own right, has seen it all in manufacturing and can better point the way forward for the country’s leadership.
“He is also able to lead other members in charting a new course for the manufacturing sector.
“The speaker is an experienced industrialists, who speaks the language of Nigerian manufacturers and have had his own share of immense successes in Nigeria and Africa,” he said.
Shareholders of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group) on Friday approved resolutions by the company’s Board of Directors to re-elect Mr Apollos Ikpobe and Dr Okechukwu Itanyi as non-executive directors.
They both retired by rotation before their re-election as non-executive directors.
The shareholders gave their approval during the 61st Annual General Meeting (AGM ) of the NGX Group in Lagos.
Also, Prof. Enase Okonedo’s resignation was earlier approved by the board and as such she was not presented for re-election.
Other resolutions adopted at the AGM included the appointment of Ernst & Young as NGX Group’s external auditors; the Board’s authority to fix the audit company’s remuneration.
Also approved is the disclosure of NGX Group’s executive remuneration and the re-election of the Statutory Audit Committee.
The Chairman of NGX Group, Mr Abimbola Ogunbanjo, who was due for re-election for a period of one year, until the next AGM in 2023, voluntarily retired from the board and did not present himself for re-election.
Also four non-executive directors of the board were re-elected, including Mrs Fatimah Bintah Bello-Ismail, Mr Oluwole Adeosun, Mr Chidi Agbapu, and Mr Patrick Ajayi.
To allow for wider consultations and further engagement with shareholders, the special business to raise funds of up to N35 billion for business expansion was not presented.
Commenting at the AGM, Ogunbanjo thanked shareholders for working assiduously with the Board and Management of the Group in delivering the dividends of demutualisation.
He also commended them for enhancing shareholders’ value and for attaining many firsts during his term in office.
He stated, “We released our dividend policy in line with our mandate to shareholders after the completion of our recent extraordinary general meeting.
“We also created a revised corporate governance framework, already approved by shareholders and consistent with securities regulations to realign the interests of all stakeholders.
“In closing, I would like to thank the Board and Management of NGX Group for their support since I assumed office as Chairman of the Group in 2021. “As I retire from the Board, I trust that my successor will continue the legacy of service and bring greater accomplishments as the sustainable exchange group championing Africa’s socio-economic growth.
” Mr Oscar Onyema, Group Managing EXecutive Officer, NGX Group, noted that the Group recorded 22 per cent increase in profitability, 13 per cent increase in gross earnings, and 14.9 per cent growth in revenue.
He noted that the Group intended to enhance its performance going forward and called for support from all stakeholders.
After the AGM, the Board of Directors appointed Mr Apollos Ikpobe as Acting Chairman, who said he recognised the enormous responsibility associated with the role.
Ikpobe pledged to work with all stakeholders to ensure the stability and growth of the company during this transition.
“On behalf of the board, I thank Mr Ogunbanjo for his selfless service to the company over the years,” he said.
Mr Obafunso Ogunkeye, the Chairman, Board of University Press Plc, on Thursday narrated to the stakeholders how the company managed the challenging times brought by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Ogunkeye spoke in Ibadan on Thursday at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company for the Year 20212022, where he declared a dividend of 10k per share for the financial year 20212022 that ended on March 31, 2022. He said that in spite of the pandemic, the company’s board and management team were able to conserve the resources for its sustainability.
“So, the outcome we have seen today at the AGM, amounts to the dedication of staff, the management and the active direction of the board, in ensuring that the business should be sustained and it was indeed sustained.
“We are quite happy with the results and the shareholders are quite delighted, because expectations were low since we were just came back from the lockdown,” Ogunkeye said.
He expressed optimism for the new financial year in spite of being an election year.
Ogunkeye assured stakeholders that the recent Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s policy on interest rate would not affect the company since it was not operating on loans, but its reserve.
“We limited the amount we paid out as dividends to conserve funds that can be deployed into servicing our customers without depending on banks,” the chairman said.
Also, Mr Samuel Kolawole, the Managing Director, University Press Plc, said the company operated in the past year under very challenging circumstances.
According to him, this was due to the effect of foreign exchange and its uncertainty has had adverse effects on some businesses in Nigeria.
He said that for publishing, most of the raw materials were imported.
“The papers, inks and most of the inputs, while the prices of these went up, the value of naira went down drastically and this affected our operations.
“Our cost rose and it became more challenging and the chain of distribution was disrupted in getting raw materials to be able to print our books.
“The inflation in the country is also telling on us, because it has also led to an increase in the cost of input that we used.
“It has also affected the purchasing power of our customers.
“And so, we have had to struggle with all the difficulties, but we are happy that despite that we are able to do well,” Kolawole said.
Responding on behalf of the shareholders, Mr Eric Akinduro, the Chairman, Ibadan Zone Shareholders’ Association, commended the board and management of the company for making it viable and thriving in spite of the challenging times.
Akinduro said: “For a successful company, we need to look at the people who are at the helms of that company.
“We appreciate them for being proactive to the business and that is why we are able to have regular dividends every year.
“Though, it is not a big dividend, when it is regular and comes frequently and consistently, we are quite sure that we will get something.
“We thank God that the company is still existing despite the fact that we have a very tough and turbulent period.
” He, however, decried the high rate of dividends, saying the regulators should ensure that they give shareholders their dividends, instead of keeping it.
The Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Employer’s Federation (CANMPEF) on Wednesday recommended some steps that the Federal Government should take to rejig the economy.
The CANMPEF President, Chief Devakumar Edwin, gave the recommendation at the 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the federation in Lagos.
Edwin said that to address the ongoing rise in unemployment, government needed to provide incentives to sectors of the economy that had potential to generate huge employment figures.
According to him, job creation should be given more focus in the nation’s economic plans and agenda across the tiers of government.
While quoting data from the UN, the CANMPEF president said that Nigeria was expected to be the world’s third most populous country by 2050, with over 300 million people and 60 per cent of its population under 50 years.
“Taking proactive actions, government must throw its weight behind agriculture to provide raw material input for industries, Manufacturing to produce finished goods for consumption and export; Information Communications Technology (ICT) to enable process efficiency.
“Power and energy sector for effective power-up of industry and households as well as education and skills acquisition to improve the income earning potential of its citizens,” he said.
Edwin said that the recent huge emigration of young talents was another reason to address the unemployment concern to the sustainability of Nigeria’s industrial sector.
“By implication, a looming draught in work-age population may be inevitable.
“Already, some sectors such as health, ICT and engineering are showing strains of lean workforce,” Edwin said.
He said that to increase the nation’s foreign exchange earning opportunities, all hands should be on deck to reverse the lingering resource through deliberate value addition agenda into raw materials and natural resources.
He advised policy makers to take cue from the Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials by the European Commission which was unveiled in September 2020. Edwin urged the government to consistently take on bold initiatives in collaboration with the private sector to reform the electricity sector.
He further said that the laudable Presidential Power Initiative launched in 2019 should be pursued vigorously to ensure timely and successful completion.
“While our members, through patriotic commitment, navigate the tough current economic terrain, our federation will continue to avail its platform to share knowledge and exchange information.
“Drawing on lessons from year 2020 and 2021, we urge our members to digitally incorporate their business processes.
“Focus on operational efficiency, diversify supply sources (backward and forward integration) and cost management to create and compete favourably,” he added.
The CANMPEF Executive Secretary, Mr Femi Oke, said that its members have suffered many challenges in the year under review.
According to him, some of the challenges include excruciating high cost of energy to power production and increasing cost of transportation (air, land and sea).
Others, he said, are difficulty in accessing required foreign exchange for raw materials purchase, machineries and spare parts for production.
He said that seaport congestion and poor social infrastructure, particularly energy, road and security as well as taxes and levies duplication from the Federal, State and Local Governments still persisted, notwithstanding the harsh economic environment and escalating insecurity challenges: Alluding to data from the Nigerian Security Tracker, Oke said there were 2,943 abductions and 5,800 deaths due to insecurity between January and June 2021. He said that as part of efforts to resolve the challenges facing its members, the federation embarked on the following advocacy visits and meetings.
“We visited Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of Lagos State, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority and the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency.
He said that as part of employee welfare and industrial relations, CANMPEF in 2021 negotiated an end of-service benefits and new collective agreement with the National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Product Employees.
“It is CANMPEF expectation that government will continue to provide the enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and continue to provide the much needed employment,” he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AGM elected members for the 20222023 year.
Those elected included: President, Chief Devakumar Edwin (Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development & Capital Projects, Dangote Group Plc) and 1st Vice-President: Mr Rotimi Aluko (Managing Director CEO, Voda Paints Ltd. As 2nd Vice-President, Mr Denis Simonin (Managing Director, Nigerite Ltd) was elected.
The Ilorin Emirate Medical Group (IEMG) on Saturday in Ilorin offered free medical treatment and drugs to more than 500 patients in Balogun Gambari area of Ilorin.
Speaking on the sidelines of the outreach, Prof. Ayisha Gobir, the President of the Group, explained that the outreach was part of the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
She noted that the medical consultations and drugs were part of the humanitarian and community engagement policy thrusts of the association.
“The outreach is taking place at Balogun Gambari area to honour our traditional institutions.
“We collaborated with various well meaning organisations; the Joint Balogun Gambari Development Association, individuals and organisations who supported our programmes.
“The outreach is focused on common illnesses that can cause death, including hypertension, diabetes, gastroenteritis and malaria among others,” she said.
Gobir, who teaches at the Faculty of Basic Medical Science of the University of Ilorin, said that many children also benefitted from the outreach as they were treated for some childhood diseases such as coughing and deworming.
Similarly, the don noted that the Association’s AGM included Career Counselling across some selected schools in Ilorin, so as to guide them of their choice of profession.
She observed that the ongoing ASUU strike would not prevent them from doing their community service, adding that even though they were not teaching for now, they engaged in research, publishing of papers and community service.
Also, Dr Abdullahi Ahmed, the Vice -Chairman of the group, observed that there were many Nigerians with various health challenges and could not access health care due to poverty.
He observed that such outreach was a means of reaching out to the indigents in the society where they were treated free of charge and at their doorsteps in their communities.
Ahmed who is also the Kwara Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), advocated that the only way to cater for the health of Nigerians was through the Health Insurance, while commending the Federal and State Governments for making it available for the indigents to access.
He explained further that the artisans and small job owners could access Health Insurance in Kwara for a token of N6,000 annually.
Also Dr Hafsat Ahmed, of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Ilorin admonished Nigerians against self mediaction.
She urged Kwara residents and Nigerians at large to always visit hospitals before the consumption of drugs.
Ahmed, however, observed that some patients could not even afford N500 for consultation fee in hospital, while observing that the association felt the free community services such as this would certainly come to their aid.
Malam Mohammed Balogun, the President of the of Balogun Gambari Youth Movement, commemded the doctors for the selfless act for the needy and commitment to the community development.