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Governor Otu to NMA: Great nations are built on a foundation of sacrifice

The Governor of Cross River State, Senator Bassey Edet Otu, has stated that great nations are built on a foundation of sacrifice.

He met on Tuesday at the Government House, Calabar, with the members of the national executive of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), led by the National President, Dr. Uche Ojinmah.

Governor Otu, while speaking at the meeting, noted that the competition for medical professionals globally was fierce, with Nigeria facing a shortage.

He acknowledged the importance of health and commended the people who chose to contribute to the development of Nigeria despite the allure of greener pastures.

Cross River governor insisted that the sacrifices were essential for the progress of Nigeria, while he lamented the departure of medical personnel to neighboring countries.

He stated that more sacrifices must be made by medical professionals for the betterment of Nigeria and stressed that for a nation to achieve greatness, sacrifices must be made.

Governor Otu, who acknowledged the importance of health, hailed the people who had chosen to contribute to the development of Nigeria and expressed his confidence in the potential of the "Renewed Hope Agenda" of the Federal Government to transform Nigeria in the long run.

He maintained that President Bola Tinubu was making difficult decisions and noted that today's sacrifices would lead to positive outcomes.

NMA's National President had commended the Cross River governor's urban renewal program in the state and the aesthetics in Calabar and its environs, which, according to him, had restored hope.

Ojinmah said: "Some people do not understand that aesthetics is part of good health.

"It is better to live in a clean and comfortable environment and be poor than to live in a slum and be rich because what can kill you may be in the air."

The National President of NMA also disclosed that his team was in Calabar for the annual conference and delegates meeting of the association.

He called for the recruitment of more medical doctors in Cross River State's health sector and the implementation of a new salary scale for medical doctors.

Ojinmah informed Governor Otu that a new leadership would emerge for NMA after the conference in Calabar.

Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State received members of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA, led by National President, Dr. Uche Ojinmah on a courtesy visit to the Governor. 

Nsa Gill
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor