First 100 Days in Office of SOC, NMA Plateau State: Address by Dr. Innocent Emmanuel

7th -November, 2020

Dr. Innocent Emmanuel,
Nigerian Medical Association 2020-2022.

Dear distinguished members of the Nigerian Medical Association Plateau State,
Since July 24th-1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt coined the term “first 100 days” in an address to the American populace through a radio broadcast to mark his “first 100 days” in office as the 32nd President of the Union, it has been used as a benchmark to measure the early success of leaders globally.

In the same light, the SOC have decided to briefly update you on the journey so far with regards to our stewardship of our dear Association. The 30th of July-2020, that auspicious day we were sworn in as the State Officers Committee of our great association seems only like yesterday. This is because of the eventfulness of the time that elapsed since our assumption to office and the rapidity with which we hit the ground running, with everyone synergistically performing and strategically dedicated to their constitutional roles.

It is therefore with momentous humility that we put our immense gratitude to you on record for the rare opportunity you gave us to serve you and for the cooperation you willingly and generously exuded over this period. We specially appreciate the President of the NMA, Prof. Innocent Achanya Otobo Ujah, mni, FNMA; the President of MDCAN, Prof. Kenneth Ozoilo, the Secretary General and treasurer of MDCAN Dr. Moses Chingle, and Dr. Femi Taiwo respectively; All Medical Elders; All past Chairmen, Secretaries, SOC members of the NMA Plateau State Chapter; All Head of affiliates; and indeed all of you our most distinguished members, well wishers and supporters.

Among so much that we have earmarked to roll out as contained in our SOC (EXCO) blue print over the expanse of our tenure of 2years, by the grace of God, I will crave your patience to impassionedly go through a concise mention of some of the gains of our 100 days sojourn thus;
1. Historic Formation of 15 committees: These committees were carefully created with scrupulously crafted terms of reference in line with the dreams of the SOC with the aim of increasing participation and galvanizing our different ideas to lift the Association to enviable heights. As the committees accomplish their tasks, NMA Plateau will definitely be on the spotlight once more as a citadel of excellence and a repository of greatness that we had been known for. Up-to 170 doctors were objectively mobilized to serve in these committees thereby improving participation in the NMA, a campaign promise.
2. Historic NMA Identity cards for members: The SOC delivered on our promise once again by making the ID Cards of which 430 members have so far benefited. We will not lower our guard on this uncharted path until every doctor on the Plateau has an NMA pinpointing to proudly brandish as we navigate our pathway to deliver on the Physicians’ oath. We gladly thank the immediate past SOC for the data thereof.
3. Historic Computer Based Test (CBT) mock exams for resident doctors: Again the SOC toed this untraveled path to prepare resident doctors for the professional exams of the NPMCN and the WACP/WACS. Up to 97 doctors sat for the examination that was ground breaking on a nationwide scale.
4. Courtesy calls to partners and collaborators: This was a time consuming engagement as we secured and visited media houses (PRTVC, NTA, Highland FM, Silver Bird TV/Rhythm FM), Hospital managements (Plateau State HMB, PSSH, JUTH), Security agencies (DSS), Professional bodies (PSN, NBA). We await visits to more organizations as our request has long been served them. We will continue to create the reassuring atmosphere that will be favorable for the operation of doctors as individuals and as a group as we relate with critical stake holders in this regard.
5. Step down of events at the NMA AUGUST NEC that held at Abuja: After attending the NEC, we organized a meeting and put across the information arising from the event. This is to keep members abreast of happenings at the National level. This has aided synergy and cohesion from the grass-root to the leaf-top in the NMA.
6. Face lift of the NMA Conference Hall: The hall is wearing a new look befitting of our great association. Media houses, other visitors and  NMA members have testified to the serenity and elegance of the conference hall. We will continually project NMA with the dignity and respect it deserves.
7. Repositioning of the NMA Secretariat: The Secretariat has experienced transformation in both its’ personnel, operation and organization. This has aided the smooth accomplishment of the much that we have put forth to do.
8. The Physicians’ weeks 2020: This event held on 18th-24th October, 2020. We rolled up activities to commemorate the highly cherished celebration. Although it was truncated by the #ENDSARS Protest and the ensuing unrest that led to curfews, it was memorable, enlightening to the populace and edifying to doctors.

A hundred days is behind us, 630 days are right ahead as we journey through the ever dynamic and unpredictable challenges of leadership. This is the tip of the iceberg of the package we are unfolding as an SOC. We humbly solicit your support in all ramifications of our engagements. Together we will make NMA greater.

Long Live NMA Plateau State!
Long Live NMA!!
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!.
May we all live long.

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