Medical Doctors in Ekiti state have suggested to the Federal Government, a better way to achieve more active security networks in Nigeria, saying a package of more robust welfare for the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force would encourage them to do more to ensure security of lives and property of the citizens.
The doctors made the offer under the platform of National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, in Ado Ekiti, at the weekend, while offering free medical services to 300 men and officers of the state police command in commemoration of its 2014 annual general meeting at the State Police headquarters .
Aside screening and treating the officers and men for retroviral, blood sugar, dental ailment, hypertension and general consultation, under social responsibilities to stabilize the Force, the doctors also distributed mosquito nets and drugs to complement the FG’s efforts for the police. The out-going Chairman of NAGGMDP, Dr. James Ogunseye, who described police and other security agencies as pivotal to the survival of any nation, urged the Federal Government to place high premium on their health status to boost their productivity and mental alertness .
He said the police were working under stress due to high crime rate in the country and needed to be given adequate to enable them to perform optimally and make the country a attractive centre of economic activities for local and foreign investors. According to him: “As government doctors, who are civil servants, it is also part of our duty to contribute our quota to the stability of our society, particularly in the health sector, which is the most critical in the economy, because health is wealth.
“So, this gesture is to complement what government is doing to make this country save for all of us”, he said. Ogunseye also presented an award of meritorious service to a former Commissioner for Health, under Kayode Fayemi-led administration – Dr. Wole Olugboji. Appreciating the gesture, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, described the hands of fellowship as novel in the history of the country.
The Police Commissioner assured that the gesture would serve as a morale booster to his men, saying they feel proud that their efforts were being appreciated by members of the public. Said he: “We are assuring that we will continue to do our best to make this state free of all forms of crimes. “We have been networking with all the members of the public to curtail crime. We have been achieving results and the new ties with the health sector will help in stabilizing our men mentally and psychologically, because it is only when you have good health that you can serve your nation”, the CP added.