Insecurity: Native doctors back Ebonyi govt on compulsory registration of members



The National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners, NANTMP in Ebonyi State has applauded Governor David Umahi on his recent order mandating all native doctors and traditional medicine dealers to register with government in the state as a part of security measures nowadays.

Umahi on Wednesday in Abakaliki gave a compulsory order for the registration of all the traditional medicine dealers with government within seven days.

The governor directed the commissioners of the state ministries of Health and Internal Security to work with Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Garba to perfect the exercise.

But in interaction with NATIONAL PANEL on Thursday, the traditional medicine dealers in the state described the governor's order as a welcome development.
According to the immediate past Coordinator of the Association in the state, Rev. Dr Samuel Ezenyi, "the directive from Governor David Umahi is a wise decision", pointing that, the process would introduce a genuine practice in the system.

Rev Ezenyi described the governor as a visionary leader who has determined to transform all the systems in the state including the trado-medical world.

He noted that Umahi in his magnanimity welcomed the members of NANTMP under his watch during the New year celebration, promised to donate land where trado-medical school would be built for them to advance their God gifted careers.

He urged all the traditional medicine dealers in the state to abide by the governor's order and ensure full compliance by registering within the stipulated time to avoid attracting sanction.

Ezenyi condemned the antics of some acclaimed native doctors who have turned witchs and wizards, saying the association of trado-medical doctors would not welcome such people as their members.

"Our members are not encouraging witch-hunting, witch- crafting or attacking people in the name of being an odi-eshi doctors, which have encouraged many youths to join different criminal groups and partook in evil activities, unleashing mayhems on individuals, groups and society at large. This is quite unfortunate. 

"As a man of  God gifted by God to heal people with herbs and roots, I know many of our members who have utilized their gifts very well to heal people suffering different ailments without delay.

"But you see those witch-crafting native doctors, they hardly identify themselves with us, buy our association's plans, programmes or even attempt to partner with government to advance our careers for the benefit of the society. I think  our governor has taken the best decision.

"Let us come out massively and register with the government, by so doing, people will know what particular sickness or health challenges you will cure as a native doctor or herbalist. It is a welcomed development," he said.

Ezenyi therefore, thanked the governor, saying that the association is in full support for Umahi's emergence as Nigeria's President come 2023, commending the state government functionaries especially the Commissioner for   Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike and his counterpart for Internal security, Chief Stanley Emegha for their commitment in delivering services to the people since their appointment. 

Also speaking, one time caretaker Chairman of the NANTMP in Ebonyi State,  Amb. Dr Austin Ekechi also commended the directive of Governor Umahi, saying that his administration worked tirelessly to ensure full data capturing of every traditional medicine dealer in the state but many bluntantly  refused to register.

He thanked the governor for having stood tall to transform the association, commending his leadership style which according to him, has indiscriminately empowered individuals, groups and built the state with mega structures.

Chief Dr Austin Ekechi prayed that Governor Umahi's leadership wisdom would facilitate his emergence as the Nigeria's President come 2023.

He advised all and sundry using herbs, roots and other natural endowments to obey the governor's order and quickly register with government.

Ekechi maintained that the process would go a long way to unveil and curtail the ill practices by suspected witch-craft native doctors, claiming to be a renowned traditional medicine dealers in the state.
Also, the Woman Chieftain of the association who has served as the Treasurer in the state, Amb. Dr Stella Amadi expressed joy for the directive by the governor, mandating all traditional medicine dealers to register with government. 

She said that the women wing of NANTMP can never be party to any practice, resulting into destructions of lives and properties, saying that the ugly development in the society is an eyesore to the members of association.

She however, called all their members to rise and condemn the wanton killings and destructions of public properties in some parts of the state, believing that those carrying out the evil acts are no doubt seeking power from one native doctor or the other for protection, yet rendering waste to other people's lives.

Meanwhile, Amadi and other native doctors have assured Ebonyi government of their full compliance and appealed that the number of days given for the registration exercise to be extended to enable their colleagues in the state being captured in considering their far distance from homes. 


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