NMA 59th AGC & DM REPORT
The Chairman, Dr. Aina O. A. and the Secretary, Dr. Olasakinju T. J. of OndoNAGGMDP joined other affiliates of NMA Ondo State to the 59th Annual General Conference and Delegates Meeting (AGC & DM) held between 29th April and 4th May 2019 in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State tagged ‘SALT CITY Abakaliki 2019.’
1. ENGAGEMENTS AND MEETINGS
NMA SouthWest Caucus Meeting: On the sidelines of the NMA AGC, the SouthWest caucus ably led by the Ondo State Branch Chairman, Dr. Wale Oke held a meeting where issues germane to the SouthWest doctors In relation to the general welfare of doctors in the country were discussed. Top on the agenda was the preparation for the impending NMA Games in 2020 in Port Harcourt. Member States were encouraged to start preparations in earnest so as to project the zone well ahead of others for laurels at the games.
Votes were counted for the nomination of two prominent figures in the caucus as members of Board of Trustees of the NMA National. Our very own medical elder, Dr. Abitoye and Elder Dr Odunayo Fagbeyiro of Ekiti State enjoyed overwhelming support and were return elected as members of NMA BOT. We wish them A successful term in office
2. NAGGMDP PERI - ADC MEETING
The leadership of NAGGMDP Ondo state participated in the Peri ADC meeting held on the sidelines of the NMA ADM.
Chairman OndoNAGGMDP, Dr. Aina O.A. expressed our profound appreciation to the NAGGMDP President, Dr. Ayinla Abubakar, for his presence and support during our recently held BGM/SC in Ondo State.
National leaders took turns to admonish State Chapter leaders to make the welfare of their members top priority and further encouraged members to embrace continuous personal and professional development which could be inform of seminars, trainings, workshops, diplomas and other developmental courses. This they believed was necessary as the medical world had become highly competitive and available opportunities were now based on what individuals could offer.
Ondo State Chapter was specifically showered encomiums and other State Chapters were encouraged to emulate in the way she had positioned the Association in the positive direction. Most notably is the NAGGMDP Cooperative Society put in place by one of our founding leaders who was coincidentally on seat, Dr Dokun Noel. The Secretariat can report that it was a beautiful moment for all of us in Ondo State and an excellent reward for the labours of our past leaders.
NEC members were subsequently invited to the next NEC meeting of the Association coming up in Ilorin, Kwara State between 13th and 16th June, 2019.
3. NMA DM
A. Pertinent Issues
NEC members patiently and carefully discussed and resolved as appropriate many difficult issues across many States in the Country ranging from challenges of non payment of salaries by some state governors, intimidation and oppression of doctors by some elements in positions of authority, political interference and support for paramedics’ Association(s).
B. National issues
Statement made by Dr. Chris Ngige about doctors leaving the country was condemned and aptly described as most unfortunate by the National President, Dr. Francis Faduyile. NEC was informed the minister regretted the statement and had since withdrawn it.
C. Internal Audit Report
Our very own Dr. Alan Taiwo, who is the Chairman of the Audit committee, presented a beautiful auditor’s report to the NEC and was appreciated alongside other members of his team, for a job well done.
D. National Minimum Wage
NEC was informed by the committee on wages and renumerations that doctors were not going to benefit directly from the recently approved national minimum wage of #30,000. This was because doctors are engaged into public service on grade level 12. However, the new minimum wage provides an avenue for members to commence discussions with government on areas where there could be improved remunerations such as specialists allowances to medical officers who have additional qualifications such as Diplomas, MPH and it’s equivalents; Senior Registrars and a flat rate increase to the basic salaries of all doctors. For example, #120,000 per annum. The NOC were subsequently mandated to generate a correspondence to the appropriate government officials, the Revenue Mobilization and Wages Commission, for the discussions.
E. NMA Stamp .
The President of NMA assured that the national Secretariat would continue the mass production of the stamps and more members will get theirs ASAP.
F. NMA Building
The President informed NEC that the legal issues entangling the NMA land in the exotic area of Maitama in Abuja was about to be resolved out of Court. He further reiterated that payment of #20,000 ( for doctors ten years and below post grad), and #40,000 ( for doctors above ten years post grad) would be effected with MDCN as planned.
The proposed building, a 7 storey complex was to house the National Secretariat of NMA and that of all her affiliates.
4. We specially thank the Chairman of NMA Ondo State, Dr. Wale Oke, for the excellent coordination and leadership throughout the journey. The Chairman and General Secretary OndoNMA regularly consulted with the team on burning issues and made robust and well informed contributions on the floor of NEC that helped in resolving knotty national issues.
5. The inspiration and great wisdom of our elders, Dr. Fadahunsi and Dr. Ojo M.A mni , illuminated our paths brightly. And of course, our amazon and pillar of medical politics, Dr. Dokun Noel; Dr. Gbelela D. Z., and Dr. Busari I. I., guided us and made our discussions fruitful and worthwhile.
NMA 59th AGC & DM
Salt City , 2019 In Pics.