Friday, 5 August 2016

NMA Election in Lagos Splits the Union

The relative peace in the Lagos State healthcare services may be interrupted following the outcome of the election of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Lagos State Chapter, which produced two different executives, with each faction claiming the leadership of the body.

The two elections, which held separately at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, produced Dr. Odusote Olumuyiwa, a former Medical Guild Chairman, and Dr. Omojowolo Olubunmi as chairman respectively.

In a separate press briefing in Lagos yesterday, each claimed to be the authentic chairman of the Lagos chapter of the association. The Olumuyiwa-led faction said the executives that emerged from the election held in NIMR were the authentic NMA executives that would pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years, insisting that it met all guidelines in the association’s constitution.

Also, the Dr. Omojowolo Olubunmi faction, while inaugurating the officials insisted that they represent the real executive that would lead the affairs of the association. Olubunmi, in his acceptance speech, called on all members of NMA in Lagos to unite so that the new leadership can bring progress to the health sector.

Speaking, immediate past Lagos NMA Chairman, Dr. Tope Ojo said there were no factions in NMA, adding that as an association, it was not out of touch to see few members with discordant tunes. Reacting to the development, a former National President of the NMA, Dr George Okpagu who said he was not aware of any crisis in the state chapter appealed to the factions to sheathe their swords and embrace peace in the interest of the patients.


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