July 9, 2012

Who was Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantop?

Who was Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantop?

Senator Dantong Gyang killed by Fulani Herdsmen in Jos

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantong was born March 2, 1957. He attended the University of Jos where he bagged the MBBS degree to become a medical practitioner and also got the MPH from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Prior to his foray into politics, he was the Medical Director, Vom Christian Hospital. The late Senator Dantong was elected member, House of Representatives in the 5th Assembly (2003-2007). He was elected into the Senate in 2007 to represent Plateau North Senatorial District during the 6th Assembly (2007-2011). He was returned to the Senate in 2011.

Senator Dantong was made the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health.

Senator Dantong Gyang killed by Fulani Herdsmen in Jos

He was also a member of the Senate Committees on Aviation and Solid Minerals as well as the newly created Committee on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

Late Senator Dantong was  calm and easy going, just as he was so passionate about how to improve the health situation in Nigeria.

This passion for the health sector was displayed by the late Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantong when he met with the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD Thursday, May 31, 2012 in the wake of threat by the doctors to go on strike nation wide during the logjam between the Lagos State government and the doctors.

During the marathon meeting to end the crisis, Senator Dantong told the doctors that they were special people in the society who play very important roles, adding that doctors as a result of this, be treated like eggs and must not be allowed to embark on any nationwide strike.

He also promised the NARD leadership that the 7th Senate would revisit the National Health Bill which was passed during the sixth Senate, but was not signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He described the situation as unfortunate, adding that the committee will ensure that the bill was recalled from the Presidency for possible passage against the backdrop of its importance.

He said, ‘’First of all, you should know that the issue started as a state one and we are running a federation and it is not right for the federal government to just step into a state matter unless if it escalates, it became very frightening when the residents threatened and that was when we should appropriately come in.

‘’We were not just ignoring the matter; we were all watching with keen interest what is happening and you know sometimes, if you are not careful, and if you don’t put the stitch in time, you may just spoil the whole thing. It is important to know when to act and how to act and that was what happened; it was not that the Federal government will look down on the issues of doctors.

‘’Doctors are sets of people that you cannot replace them, you cannot easily replace them, these are the people that have spent so many years in training, infact, if anything, I expect that the doctors should be handled like eggs. ”

He also spoke on the need for training of doctors, just as he promised that the Committee will meet with the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu to ensure that the envelope was increased as that will help address some problems of the doctors, even as the Senate advised the leadership of NARD to send a private bill to the Senate to amend the personal income tax.