By Sunday John
The Nasarawa State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has begun entrepreneurship training programme for its members on sustainable income economic after retirement.
Dr Sabo Emmanuel, the State’s NMA Chairman at the training in Lafia, said the initiative was aimed at securing better living conditions for members after retirement.
Emmanuel said that the leadership of the association had decided to train Doctors in animal husbandry, crop farming, food storage and processing, Information Communication Technology (ICT), among others, in line with the diversification programme of the government.
“This is an idea that we brought to the association to ensure doctors also take good care of their families, considering the fact that their monthly salaries can no longer meet their increasing demands in the midst of raising economic challenges.
“Even after their retirement from service, they can go on with their businesses to cater for their families”, Emmanuel said.
The NMA Chairman added that the association would assist their members with finances to set up their businesses at end of the training.
Emmanuel , who noted that 60 medical doctors from Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone were selected for the training, said the gesture would be replicated in Nasarawa North and West Senatorial Zones.
He also called on the State Government to establish entrepreneurship programme for civil servants.
On his part, Mr Nicholas Aboki, the State’s Head of Civil Service, commended the association for the initiative with a promise that government would always support them to succeed.
Aboki also said that government would study the mode of the training with a view of replicating it for all civil servants in the state.
Similarly, Dr Hassan Ikrama, Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia, lauded the association for the initiative.
Ikrama said the training programme, if properly implemented would go a long way towards improving the living standards of doctors in the state. (NAN)