By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youths roaming the streets and reduced kidnapping in the society.
This was contained in a statement signed by the state chairman of NMA, Dr Omakoji Simeon Oyiguh and the secretary, Dr Fanotele Tolorunju and made available to journalists in Lokoja.
The association disclosed that one of their members, Dr Solomon Nidiamaka who was abducted on Tuesday, 19th July 2021, has regained his freedom.
The association stated that Dr Nidiamaka is currently being managed by colleagues to bring him back to his normal state because of his traumatic experience at the hands of his abductors.
While the association appreciated those who called to show solidarity with them, it called on the Federal Government to continue to give priority to youth empowerment to deescalate kidnapping which has become a national malaise.
“NMA, Kogi State wishes to inform the federal Government that the kidnappers told our colleague that they were in the business of kidnapping to be able to feed.
“Federal Government is hereby called upon to continue to prioritise youth employment to deescalate kidnapping which has become a national malaise leading to disruption in healthcare delivery, including brain drain,” the statement read.
The association appreciated the efforts of the state government, security agencies, the chairman of the Ofu Local Government, vigilantes and hunters associations that responded to the distress call which made the freedom of their member possible.