November 29, 2020

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Cross River NMA continues strike

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By Nsa Gill, Calabar

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Cross River State has said its indefinite strike continues.

The association, on November 4, embarked on strike to protest incessant kidnapping of its members. Dr Godwin Udo of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) was kidnapped on November 1 and released on November 7.

A communiqué by the Chairman Dr Innocent Abang and Spokesman Dr Besong Akotanchi said there was no plan to suspend the strike until the security architecture improves.

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The communiqué reads: “The congress will continue with the ongoing withdrawal of services until concrete and tangible steps to curb insecurity are seen to be made by the government. While this decision may appear painful and insensitive to the public, NMA wants to state that the rising spate of kidnapping of about 10 more victims since the onset of this strike further justifies its position.

“We appeal to our members to remain steadfast and committed to this decision as nobody is immune to this devilish act. NMA calls on other professional bodies and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to support us in demanding for improved security from the government.”