“President Goodluck Jonathan pledged Tuesday in Abuja that the Federal Government will fully explore the option of creating a special intervention fund that will facilitate the rapid establishment of more centres of medical excellence across the country. Speaking at an audience with a delegation from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), President Jonathan described the recommendation of a special fund that will give low interest loans for
the establishment of state-of-the-art medical facilities as a creative idea that will receive appropriate consideration from government.” — State House Press Release
They wanted to fix our national problems with roads, they set up a petroleum task fund. They dub it a creative idea that would move Nigeria forward. They award billion dollar contracts to proxies and associates who construct cheap highways that collapse at half life of their supposed warrantees. Another vacuous leadership comes in and deploys the charade all over.
They wanted to fix our national problems with scarcity and high price of petrol within crude exporting Nigeria. They set up a petroleum marketing permit system, issuing licenses to cronies and associates with upfront grants in billions of dollars as subsidies. But the price of petrol and their wealth continue to go skyward, while Nigerians continue to go earth bound in poverty and disease.
They wanted to fix our national problems with electric power supply in which the country produces only a seventh (5000MW) of the estimated 35,000MW it needs. They repeat their petroleum management chicanery policy, awarding licenses to fronts and lackeys, which stand to date at 43 vendors, for a total of 24,000 MW potential capacity, some of whom generate as low as 20 MW! They call it creative thinking but Nigerian black men and women live from day to day in the dark.
Now they wanted to fix our national problems of zero health care for the citizens, they are thinking of setting up a special intervention fund. They will give low interest (more like free) loans to acolytes and homeboys and award the contracts to establish so-called state-of-the-art medical facilities. They call it intuitive but the chintzy facilities soon stand unusable with half of the imported equipment wearing out of order tags within six months. Much the same way we bought Murtala Mohammed airport and a dozen other new airports across the country but can’t repair the baggage carousels in any of them unless we fly in technicians from Europe. LUTH, UNNTH, ABUTH, UBTH, were once all centers of medical excellence.
ARD STRIKE: NIGERIAN ‘DOCTORS’ AND HER CRAZE FOR SELF IMPORTANCE
Time and time again, throughout the history of medical practice, what was once considered as “scientific” eventually becomes regarded as “bad practice”
An African proverb rightly says that the cane with which we use in beating the child is waiting for the next child. I saw it coming that our MBBS graduate will succumb to the cheap publicity of going on strike, so as to buy the sympathy of Nigerians, just the way the other medical workers got all Nigerians supporting their strike. I saw it coming that they will turn to the cane (Journalism) to publicize their fight against the Federal Government. I could not help but laugh at a MD consultant who told his colleagues that the battle for their continuous supremacy in the health sector which has now be removed, via the media will be won back through the media; hence they are ready to channel all the resources to use the media. Don’t worry, dear friends; many of my colleagues are waiting to lodge your money in their bank accounts, just to write to smile with your money to the bank, while they know the truth that your battle for supremacy has already been fought and lost. At the end of the day; the Nigeria people will be the judge, after all our reports in the media. Facts are sacred, opinions are freely given but when opinions are mixed with facts, they are supreme.
Finally, you acknowledge that the media is greater than the medical practice. Truly the pen saves more lives than the stethoscope and takes more life than the surgical knife or drugs can ever dream of. While we do not determine the conditions for associations going on strike; we owe it to the public to present to them if such strike is just and fair. We place their demands on Justita’s scale, that ever truthful Roman goddess of Justice. This write-up is for the market woman and the lay man on the street, who may be wondering why another set of doctors are on strike when they just finished experiencing one, hence it will be written in a very simple way.
This country, with its institution, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. — Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is never offered on a platter of gold; yet it is not compulsory that blood must be shed or lives lost before the people are freed. I personally dislike hearing the belief that a martyr must sacrifice his or herself as a benchmark for a revolution to take place. There are peaceful revolutions… such is what I stand for. Whoever thinks we are living in a free country must be as blind as the bat. From all angles of life, all facets of the economy and all corners of the working system of Nigeria, we have been oppressed and suppressed. And sadly, despite all they have embezzled, the oppressors are just not willing to let go.