By Sylvia Akpan
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Cross River State branch has suspended its forty-one-day withdrawal of service in the State.
The resolution was reached in an emergency general meeting held on Wednesday 23rd and Saturday 26 due to the protracted kidnap of one of her members and Professor of Neurology, Prof. Ekanem Philip-Ephraim, who has been held captive for forty-four (44) days.
NMA in a communique signed by its State Chairman Dr. Felix Archibong and Secretary, Dr. Amaku Etim said after careful and painstaking deliberations, the Congress resolved to suspend the ongoing withdrawal of clinical services embarked upon, urging members to resume duty on Monday 28th August, 2023 by 8:am.
The Association noted that they will review the government’s efforts with respect to the search, rescue, and release of Prof. Ekanem Philip-Ephraim and other security efforts made to secure the lives and properties of citizens in two weeks.
The medical body called on well-meaning Cross Riverians, civil society groups, and professional bodies within and outside the State to join hands with the Association in fighting the menace of kidnapping in the State.
“It is our belief that the Cross River State Government will do everything in its power to keep to its promises on security as a failure in this regard may not guarantee industrial harmony after our review in two weeks.
“The NMA-CRS calls on the Government of Cross River State to sustain efforts in the search, rescue, and release of Prof. Ekanem Phillip-Ephraim safely to her family.
“The NMA Cross River State calls on the Government of Cross River State to sustain and expand the current security measures enumerated in their letter to the Association.
“The NMA Cross River State calls on the Government of Cross River State to bring those involved in this dastardly act of kidnapping of her members to book and make them face the full wrath of the law with visible evidence.
“The NMA Cross River State calls on well-meaning Cross Riverians, Civil Society Groups, professional bodies within and outside the State to join hands with our Association in fighting this menace of kidnapping in our State,” part of the communique reads.