From IFEOMA OKAFOR, Awka
The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), South East zone has called on the Anambra State Governor-elect, Professor Charles Soludo to work towards making the health sector in the State better than it is at the moment.
In his congratulatory message to Prof. Soludo, South East zonal coordinator of the union, Mr. Charles Nwoye who spoke, yesterday, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, said his members had confidence in Prof. Soludo and expected that he would improve the health sector in Anambra State in the areas of manpower and facilities.
“We appreciate the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) introduced by the Governor Willie Obiano Administration. We call on Soludo to make more efforts as he assumes office to upgrade the scheme to carter for more Anambra residents.
“We challenge Prof Soludo to make Anambra State a health tourism centre in Nigeria (as this) will further boost the economy of the State. The health sector needs to be revamped, ” Nwoye said.
Stating that his union was delighted at the outcome of the election that produced Prof Soludo as the next Governor of Anambra State, Who who insisted that Soludo’s victory reflected the wishes of Ndi Anambra, explained that if the election results had turned otherwise, Anambra residents would not have been happy, enthusing that the people of Anambra were celebrating the outcome of the election because God had given them the leader they wanted in Prof. Soludo from whom, he assured, the best leadership qualities would emerge.
“We expect him to take Anambra State to the next level. He is a man we have seen his antecedents. He actually knows what is wrong and how to fix it,” Nwoye declared.
“To most of us in the union, we believe that he has demonstrated the will power to execute that which is essential for the system to work when he was the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He eschewed nepotism to ensure that the right thing was done.”
Nwoye further reminded the Governor-elect that he should be weary of advisers who could mislead him, warning that it “takes rationality and will power” to handle advisers.
Calling on candidates from other political parties who lost the election to join hands with Soludo to move Anambra State forward, Nwoye said it would be of no benefit to start wasting resources at election petitions tribunals to challenge the victory that was the people’s wish.
“The election has been won and lost. The next thing is to move this State forward. My advice to contestants planning to go to court is that the move is not necessary. Over 90 percent of Anambra people supported Soludo during the election and they are happy with the outcome,” Nwoye said.
“To me, going to court is an effort in futility. And even if anybody goes to court and by chance wins the case, Anambra people will reject that. Whoever that is not happy with the outcome of the election should wait for the next four years.”