By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba â€” Delta State branch of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the National Assembly to take cognizance of the people of the Niger Delta who bear the harmful consequences of oil exploration activities in considering the oil and gas Bill.
Rising from its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Agbor, Delta State, the Association, in a communiquÃ© jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr. Akpufuoma Pemu and Secretary Dr. H.C. Okwuokenye, said, â€œthe oil and gas bill that is causing disaffection in the nation right now should be critically looked at by the National Assembly and take cogni-zance of the people of the Niger Delta who bear the lingering harmful conseque-nces of oil exploration activities.â€
It noted that, â€œit has been widely reported that there are increased incidences of chronic renal failure, liver cancer, respiratory diseases, commonly seen in the Niger Delta as opposed to other parts of the country.â€
It also cautioned against the consequences of the looming withdrawal of medical services nationwide.
should the Federal Government fail to reach amicable settlement with the body and seek for the intervention of Nigerians.
According to the communiquÃ©, â€œthe Nigerian Medical Association, Delta State branch, is calling on all Nigerians to work in tandem with her to avoid the possible calamitous consequences of the withdrawal of medical services all over the country, which will come to be on October 1, 2009, if the Federal Government fails to settle the 11-year lingering negotiations between her and the Association.