Fu­lani lead­ers to reg­is­ter herds­men, cat­tle in South-West

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

Lead­er­ship of the Fu­lani com­mu­nity in the South­West re­gion rose from an emer­gency meet­ing in Ibadan, Oyo State cap­i­tal, on Satur­day, with a res­o­lu­tion to em­bark on com­pul­sory reg­is­tra­tion of all Fu­lani herds­men and cat­tle in the area. The de­vel­op­ment, it was gath­ered, is to en­sure ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing of their ac­tiv­i­ties by host com­mu­ni­ties and se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives.

The meet­ing which lasted six hours was held at the Sasa Palace of the Sar­dauna Yamma and chair­man of the Sarkin Hau­sawas in the 17 South­ern states, Al­haji Haruna Maiyasin.

Ad­dress­ing news­men, Al­haji Haruna, who dou­bles as the Sarkin Sasa of Ibadan­land, called for co­op­er­a­tion of the host com­mu­ni­ties on the pro­posed reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise.

He said the meet­ing also man­dated Fu­lani par­ents to mon­i­tor their chil­dren and wards to en­sure that they do not en­gage in crime. The Fu­lani com­mu­nity ex­pressed de­light over what it called proac­tive mea­sures taken by the se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives which led to the ar­rest and sub­se­quent pros­e­cu­tion of sus­pected kid­nap­pers of Chief Olu Falae, while ad­vo­cat­ing that se­vere pun­ish­ment be meted out to all those found guilty to serve as de­ter­rent to oth­ers.

The com­mu­nity how­ever ex­pressed reser­va­tions over the se­ces­sion threat by Afenifere, say­ing, “the out­burst by the Pan-Yoruba so­cio-po­lit­i­cal group was un­called for, as that could heat up the polity and also cre­ate bad blood in the land.”

To this end, the Fu­lani com­mu­nity charged lead­ers of var­i­ous eth­nic groups in the coun­try in­clud­ing; Afenifere, MASSOB, Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum among oth­ers to be cau­tious in their ut­ter­ances and al­ways make state­ments that would unite the coun­try, rather than di­vide it.

“We should take into cog­nizance the fact that cen­turies of co-habi­ta­tion be­tween the Fu­lani and Yoruba in the South West had blos­somed into in­ter­mar­riages be­tween the two eth­nic groups, hence lead­ers from both sides should al­ways preach peace and not dis­cord,” they said. The Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NMA) Imo State Coun­cil has con­demned at­tempt by Gover­nor Rochas Oko­rocha to con­ces­sion pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions in the state.

Chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Dr. Hy­acinth Emele, at a press con­fer­ence in Ow­erri yes­ter­day, lamented that con­ces­sion­ing the gen­eral hos­pi­tals and other health cen­tres would ex­clude the poor from ac­cess­ing qual­ity health­care.

He said it would also ad­versely af­fect the al­ready poor health in­dices of the state.

Emele said the re­cent con­ces­sion of the Imo Spe­cial­ist Hospi­tal, Umuguma to one Dr Syl­vanus Amaeshi, former Se­nior Spe­cial Ad­viser to the gov­ern­ment on health, was a bad idea.

He main­tained that pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions are pub­lic trusts that serve as sup­port for the poor masses to re­ceive qual­ity health ser­vices at af­ford­able costs.

He pointed out that pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions pro­vide pre­ven­tive, ther­a­peu­tic, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive as well as health pro­mo­tion ser­vices to the pub­lic, hence the need for gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion by ad­e­quate fund­ing as well as co­or­di­nated su­per­vi­sion and man­age­ment through an ef­fi­cient hospi­tal man­age­ment board.

He said:”Ef­fec­tive­ness of th­ese pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions should be judged pri­mar­ily by health out­comes on the pub­lic, not by money gen­er­ated”.

Emele said the NMA had ear­lier ad­vised the Imo gov­ern­ment to up­lift ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties and in­vest in health by pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate man­power, equip­ment, fi­nances, train­ing and re­train­ing of doc­tors and other health work­ers to build an ef­fec­tive sys­tem.

“Rather than heed to the ad­vice, the gov­ern­ment em­barked on build­ing 27 poorly sited new gen­eral hos­pi­tals with­out proper plan­ning,” he said.

The group de­scribed the move by the Imo State gov­ern­ment to hand-over the man­age­ment of pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions to pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als as un­ac­cept­able, in­sist­ing that health is one of the ba­sic re­spon­si­bil­i­ties a gov­ern­ment owes its peo­ple.

The NMA chair­man also called for the im­me­di­ate pay­ment of the eight months salary ar­rears of med­i­cal doc­tors and health work­ers in the state as well as the pay­ment of cor­rected CONMESS and skip­ping to doc­tors work­ing in the state.

Gover­nor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (mid­dle) and his Bauchi State coun­ter­part, Bar­ris­ter Mo­hammed Abubakar (left), of­fer prayers when the former vis­ited Bauchi yes­ter­day to con­dole with the fam­ily of late Al­haji Muham­mad Shuaibu Bulka­chuwa Sec­ond right is first son of the de­ceased, Dr Sa­gir Muham­mad.

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