The political trend emanating from the Olamaboro state constituency’s Ogugu district in recent days has revealed that the people are no longer interested in the continuation of their incumbent representative, Bobby Ujah, in the state House of Assembly.
Ogugu is one of Olamaboro’s three districts. Imane and Olamaboro district, which housed the local government’s headquarters, are the other two.
Following a political agreement among the three districts, it has been Ogugu’s turn for the last three years, as the people are allowed to manage the office for two terms, totaling eight (8) years.
Bobby, the current lawmaker representing the people and a native of Ogugu Ward 3 (Ogugu Center), will complete the first lap of the first term (four years) in a year. However, according to the information at our disposal, the people have yet to feel any tangible impact other than the provision of free Jamb forms for approximately 20 selected young people worth a total of Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000).
As the final lap approached, the Ogugu people became wary and went in search of a better person to speak for them.
Again, it is seen as unjust for a Ward (Bobby’s Ward 3) to spend the entire eight years while Wards 1 and 2 are largely left behind. As a result, they are looking for a renowned medical professional, Doctor Ahmed Attah, to come to their aid in order to make up for the wasted years of the incumbent man.
Dr. Attah, a well-known humanist with a commanding pedigree has been a committed party member and one of the pillars of the New Direction government, especially in the area of community health and clinical services.
The people of Ogugu and Olamaboro believe that the medic is the best fit because of his community service and development acumen, as well as the culture of excellence and prudence that has helped him sail to the pinnacle of success in his career.
He has served in several Community Programs and Associations notably: Team leader for the Kogi State Government Free Rural Medical Services (2011/2012); Monitor for the Maternal, Newborn and Child care week and program of the National Primary Health Care Agency (2012/2013); National President of the Adupi-Emoriko Development Association (EDA) (2013 to date; Chairman Health Committee of the Emoriko Development Association (2013 to date); Chairman Board of Trustees Emoriko Mutual Health Association (2013 to date); Member Ogugu Development Initiative (2015 to date); Chairman Medical and Emergency Committee on the Inauguration of the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello (Jan 2016); Chairman Medical Committee for the BellOnoja 2019 campaign for the Re-Election of His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello and Deputy National Coordinator, Coalition of Buhari Osinbajo Movements (COBOM).
He is also a member and head of several professional associations including: member, Student Assembly of the Ahmadu Bello University Medical Students Association (ABUMSA) (1996/1998); Assistant Secretary, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) ABUTH, Zaria (2003/2004); Welfare Secretary, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) ABUTH, Zaria (2004/2005); President, ARD, ABUTH (2005/2007); National Coordinator, NARD Chess Tournament (2005/2006); Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC), ABUTH, Zaria (2005/2007); National Secretary, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) (2007/2008); Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), KSSH, Lokoja (2009/2011); Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State (2010/2012); Chairman, NMA Committee on Contemporary National and International Issues (2012/2014); Chairman, NMA Committee on Sports (2014 to 2016); Chairman, NMA Committee on Medical Laboratory Services (2018-2020); Deputy Secretary General, Nigerian Medical Association (2016 to 2018); Special Adviser on Health to the Kogi State Governor (2016 to 2019); Chief Medical Director, Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja (2019-2020); Member, Board of Management, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State (2018 to Date); and Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association National Committee on Blood Transfusion and Haematological Services (2020 to Date).
Without a shadow of a doubt, no one could attain these heights without a strong sense of leadership and a willingness to serve with humility.
As the All Progressive Congress prepares for its primary election, it is hoped that Dr. Attah, as the popular demand and committed party loyalist, will emerge as the flagbearer, moving on to meet with an opposition candidate in the general election if one is eventually fielded.