Bala Audu Becomes NMA President

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Prof. Bala Audu

Medical doctors under the aegis of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have elected a new crop of national executives to coordinate the affairs of the association in the next two years, with Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State, Prof. Bala Audu, emerging as the new president.

In a press statement published by the professional group on its website, it was disclosed that the election of the new executives was held at the 2024 Annual Delegates Meeting in Calabar, Cross River State capital.

Other elected officers include the Chairman of the Benue State Chapter of the association, Usha Anenga, as vice-president 2; Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, 1st vice-president;Ben Egbo as secretary general; Wale Lasisi as the assistant secretary general; Celestine Ugwoke as treasurer; Harrison Omokhua as financial secretary, and Manir Bature as the national publicity secretary.

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Dr Olowojebutu emphasised the obligations of the new officers, top among which is to bring about renewed hope to medical practice in the country, saying it is not just about position but responsibility to the profession and the citizenry.

“There are no winners or vanquished in our association, only colleagues bound together by a common dedication to the health and well-being of our members and communities.
“This new leadership team is expected to bring renewed vigour to the NMA’s efforts in improving healthcare delivery, advocating for medical professionals, and ultimately enhancing the well-being of communities across Nigeria”, he quipped.

The new President, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, was with the University of Maiduguri and its teaching hospital until his appointment in 2017 as the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He was later appointed the Vice-Chancellor of The Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, in Bauchi State.

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