1. THE INAUGURATION
The initiative for the formation of a forum for doctors in the Warri – Effurun environs began around 1985/1986 with Dr. S.I.
Onwuka and some other colleagues from the then General Hospital.
The motivation was the atmosphere of rancour amongst doctors, and the absence of a platform to discuss and settle
matters of mutual interest. The only state Branch of the NMA was far away in Benin City. Besides, it was also felt that Warri-
Effurun was large enough to have a Chapter/Zone of the NMA to cater for the interest of doctors in the area. Such a body
would also help to foster co-operation and serve as an avenue for professional and social interaction.
Dr. Onwuka and his team approached some prominent colleagues such as Drs. J.E.O. Amadasun, N. C. Allanah and A.E.
Ideh for the leadership role. Doctors were generally mobilized; meetings were convoked at the General Hospital (Antenatal
Unit). Then, on Thursday 9th July, 1987, history was made. Elections were held for the first Executive Committee of Warri
Vying for the Chairmanship were Drs. J.E.O. Amadasun, A.E. Ideh and C. Akangbou (RIP), while Drs. E. Idiakhoa and R.O.
Obiuwevbi contested for Vice Chairmanship. Dr. R.L. Tosanwumi and Dr. (Mrs.) E.R. Neal-Ehanire were the electoral
Officers. Voting was by secret ballot. The turn out on that day was remarkable even by today’s standards; 52 doctors were
present (see attendance list). The Elections were also witnessed by a special Guest, The then Chairman of the Bendel
State NMA Dr. S.E. Osunde.
The Chairmanship contest was particularly keen; there was some tense excitement. Dr. A. E. Ideh polled 27 votes, Dr. J.E.
O. Amadasun – 22, and Dr. Akangbuo –2. Thus, Dr. A.E. Ideh became the pioneer Chairman of Warri Zone. In the Contests
Dr. E. Idiakhoa emerge as Vice Chairman, while the following were unopposed:
Dr. E. E. Uduaghan Secretary
Dr. C. O. Okuguni Assistant Secretary
Dr (Mrs.) A. O. Bassey (RIP) Financial Secretary
Dr. I. O. Osajele Treasurer
Dr J. K. Nwajei Public Relation Officer
In his acceptance speech Dr A.E. Ideh thanked the house for giving him the other members of the Executive the opportunity
to serve, and pledged to do his best to make the Zone vibrant and strong. He also appealed to members for their individual
and collective co-operation at all times.
So was born the Warri Zone of the Nigerian Medical Association. On 7th of November, 1987, the Zone was formally
inaugurated by the Bendel State NMA Chairman, Dr. S. E. Osunde, at an impressive ceremony in palm Grove Motel. Later in
the day, a State Executive Council meeting was held there, the first outside Benin City since the formation of the state
Branch of the NMA over fifteen years earlier.
As a result of the hard work of Dr. A.E. Ideh and his team the Bye-law of the Bendel State NMA were amended in 1988 to
introduce the concept of Zones. Then, in 1989 Dr. A.E. Ideh won the State Chairmanship election to become the first doctor
from the Delta area to hold that exalted position. A couple of years later, in June, 1991, Warri Zone hosted the Annual
General Meeting of Bendel State NMA at the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, with the Theme: Management for Medical
Practitioners. This was again the first State AGM outside Benin City.
Dr. A.E. Ideh’s Executive provided a dynamic and creative leadership for the Association. Under them the Zone made
progress and set the pace for others. They introduced a Continuing Medical Education Programme, Group Accident
Insurance Scheme and locum tenens
For a while meeting continued to be held (Monthly) at the General Hospital, but we later moved to Enerhen Motel and finally
to River Valley Hotel, where we now meet on the last Thursday of every month. Initially the Association bore the cost of the
meetings, but the practice was subsequently introduced of Clinics sponsoring/hosting the meetings.
From the beginning the idea was to acquire land and erect a Doctors house. The Ovie of Uvwie agreed to donate a parcel of
land along Jakpa Road. The place turned out to be a burrow pit, and the Association could not take it up because of the very
high cost that would be involved in developing it. It was decided to rent a suitable accommodation for use as a (temporary)
Secretariat. Some space was acquired in the former State School of Nursing 3-Storey building at Igbudu, but we never really
got to use it, as the block was soon taken over by all sorts of commercial/trading businesses. However, we were fortunate
to “inherit” the office space in Eku House vacated by the Guild of Medical Directors, which office we subsequently developed
into a befitting Secretariat, thanks to the untiring efforts of Dr. P. Okodaso, Chairman of the Secretariat Development (now
planning and property development) Committee, and his team. The Secretariat, which is second to none in the State, if not
the country, was commissioned on 13th October, 2000, by the adminstration of Dr. O.E. Esieke. Our gratitude goes to the
Corporate Organisation- Shell Petroleum Development Company, Chevron, Nigeria Ports Authority and our members,
especially Drs. A.E. Ideh, V.A. Oraegbu, R.M. Nwafor, P.Scott- Emuakpor.E.A. Bazuaye, L.E. Okparanyote, and the Executive
Committee of 1999/2000, who made substantial contributions towards the secretariat project. Our dream of erecting an
appropriate Doctors House still remains and will be realized someday.
Warri Zone is now comprised of 5 Local Government Areas- Warri-South, Warri South-West, Uvwie, Udu and Burutu.
The Zone has, indeed, come a long way. Under able, dedicated and imaginative leadership, with support and co-operation
from a committed membership, it has risen to an enviable height. Today it occupies the pride of place among Zones in the
State; it is the Heartbeat of the Delta State NMA. Warri is, therefore, referred to as "The Zone". It makes the largest financial
contribution to the coffers of the State NMA, and our members serve in virtually all the State Committees. For instance, the
current State NMA Chairman, Dr. R.W. Ejifoma, is from this Zone.
The Zone has blazed the trail in a number of areas:
- The concept of Zones and Extended Council meetings for the effective functioning of the
- Continuing Medical Education
- Locum tenens
- Group Accident Insurance
- Endowment fund
- Investment Business Scheme
- Yearly Health Week
- A Magazine, The Newsletter
- Public Health Education Bill Board
- A Secretariat with state -of -the -art- gadgets
- Yearly Family Picnic
The Zone has also successfully hosted two Annual General Meetings of the Delta State NMA:
(a) in March, 1993, with the Theme: Environmental Pollution: Perspectives, Problems and Prospects
(b) in July, 1998 with the Theme: Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases; Sub- theme: Tuberculosis.
The Association has organized several combined continuing Medical Education Seminars featuring reputable resource
persons from within the Zone and beyond, and to which doctors have been invited from all over the State.
This year (2001) the Zone played host to the two CME seminars organized by the State NMA in collaboration with Shell
Petroleum Development Company.
On a personal/ individual level, doctors from the Zone have occupied at one time or the other prominent political and other
positions in the Country.
- (Past) Finance and Audit Committee
Dr V.A. Oraegbu - Finance Audit Committee
Dr. B.E. Oghenekaro - Remunerations and welfare Committee
(b) DELTA STATE NMA
Dr. A.E. Ideh - (Past) Chairman, Bendel and Delta State
Dr. V.A. Oraegbu - (Past) Chairman
Dr. R.W. Ejifoma - Chairman
Dr. A.C. Sagua - (Past) Vice Chairman
Dr. D.E. Omodon - (Past) Vice Chairman
Dr. E.E. Uduaghan - (Past) General Secretary
Dr. B. Oghenekaro - (Past) General Secretary
Dr. E.T. Etefia - (Past) Treasurer
Dr. F. Onovbiona - (Past) Financial Secretary
Dr. E. O. Dede - (Past) Treasurer
(c) ZONAL NMA
Dr. S.K. Nwangoro - (Past) Chairman, NMA, Ohafia-Abiriba Zone, Imo state.
(d) DELTA STATE MONITORING COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL OF NIGERIA
Dr. R.W. Ejifoma - Member
Dr. (Mrs.) C.P. Mowoe-Ebiri - Member
Dr. E.O. Dede - Member
(e) POLITICAL AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS
(i) STATE GOVERNMENT
Dr. R.L. Tosanwumi - (Past) Commissioner for Health, Delta State
Dr. E.E. Uduaghan - Commissioner For Health, Delta State
Dr. F. Onojeta - Deputy Director, Ministry of Health, Delta State
(ii) LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Dr. J.S. Otumara - Chairman, Warri South
(iii) NATIONAL BOARDS
Dr. N.C. Allanah - (Past) Board Member, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, Benin City
Dr. M. N. Egboh - Board Member, National Institute For Pharmaceutic Research and Development, Abuja
(iv) STATE BOARDS
Dr. D. K. Oghor - (Past) Member, Delta State Hospitals Management Board
Dr. (Chief) A. Odjegba - Chairman, Delta State Hospital Management Board
Dr. S. K. Nwangoro - (Retired) Chief Executive, Imo State Hospitals Management Board
Dr. E.A. Bazuaye - (Past) Member, Edo State Hospitals Management Board
Dr. P. Okodaso - Member, Delta State Hospitals Management Board
Dr. A.E. Ideh - (Past) Member Delta State Committee on Transfer of Private Schools to Former proprietors
Dr. O.W. Ekeruche - Chairman, Asaba Textile Mills
Dr. T. Efetobor - Member, Board of Delta State Director Labour Agency
(i) ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
Dr. N.C. Allanah - (Past) District Governor
Dr. H.U. Ejumudo - (Past) District Governor
Dr. P. Okodaso - (Past) Club President
(ii) NATIOANL PROGRAMME ON IMMUNIZATION
Dr. E.O. Dede - Co-ordinator, Rivers State
(iii) IGBINEDION TEACHING HOSPITAL OKADA
Dr. J.E.O. Amadasun - (Past) Sole Administrator/Chief Medical
(iv) NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES
Dr. A.E. Ideh - Vice-Chairman, Delta State
(v) SICKLE CELL CLUB OF NIGERIA
Dr. E.A. Bazuaye - Chapter Chairman
(vi) GUILD OF MEDICAL DIRECTORS
Dr. D.K. Oghor - (Past) National Vice- President
Dr. A.E. Ideh - National President
(vii) ANCIENT AND MYSTICAL ORDER ROSAE CRUCIS
Dr. F.N. Ofili - Regional Monitor
(viii) LIONS INTERNATIONAL
Dr. A.E. Ideh - (Past) Chapter President
(ix) DELTA STATE FISH FARMERS ASSOCIATION
Dr. H.U. Ejumudo - (past) Chairman
HRH (Dr.) S.T. Alokwo - The Oweweko of Okpekpe, Edo State
(xi) PRO-FAMILY LIFE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA
Dr. E.A. Bazuaye - National Director of Statistics
(g) MERIT AWARDS
For exemplary service and outstanding contribution towards the development of the Association, the following doctors were
honoured with our prestigious Merit Awards.
Dr. A.E. Ideh - 1988
Dr. J.E.O. Amadasun - 1988
Dr. E.E. Uduaghan - 1988
Dr. H.U. Ejumudo - 1989
Dr. E.T.M. Lawson - 1995
Dr. (Mrs.) R.M. Nwafor - 1995
Dr. R.W. Ejifoma - 1995
Dr. E.E. Uduaghan - 1995
Dr. D.A.Ayu - 1999
Dr. F.Eibge - 2000
Dr. U.F. Ugbekile - 2000
Dr. O.E. Esieke - 2001
Dr. E.A. Bazuaye - 2001
(h) LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Having attained the proverbial three score and ten years of age, the following distinguished colleagues were made Life
Members of the Zone:
Dr. F.O. Esiri - 1993
Dr. A.O. Wilkey (RIP) - 1993
Dr. P.A. Egbe - 1997
Dr. M.E. Mowoe - 1997
Dr. A.E. Ikomi - 1997
We wish them many more healthy and happy years.
4. FALLEN HEROES
Over the years a few of our member have passed on- Drs. (Mrs.) A.O. Bassey, A.Barber, C.J. Akangbou, A.O. Adjarhore, P.
Akwah, N. Piserchia, V. Ayanka, G.O. Nwafor, A.O. Wilkey. We remember them fondly. May their gentle souls rest in peace.
5. THE FUTURE
Yes, Warri Zone has come a long way, but we cannot rest on our laurels. We have to continue to hold the banner aloft.
There are challenges to be met. The Zone abounds with “enemiesI- charlatans, quacks and such motley groups of
paramedics who are disposed to intrude into our legitimate space and compromise our status and our practice. We should
organize ourselves better to effectively check this threat and safeguard our constituency. As The Zone we should continue to
set the pace for others to follow. We must make our Association stronger; and eradicate any friction or rancour amongst us
as individuals or Clinics. Moreover, we should initiate programmes to enlighten the populace, especially on health matters,
and enhance our impact as a professional body on the Community.
In general, let us do what we can today to make the profession more noble, and the practice more rewarding tomorrow.
Written by: Dr. R.O. Obiuwevbi
Adopted by the 2nd World Medical Association General assembly Geneva, Switzerland, September 1948
Amended by the 22nd World Medical Assembly Sydney, Australia, August 1968
Amended by 35th World Medical Assembly Stockholm, Sweden, September 1994.
AT THE TIME OF BEING ADMITTED AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION:
I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I WILL GIVE to my teacher the respect and gratitude, which is their due;
I WILL PRACTICE my profession with conscience and dignity;
THE HEALTH OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;
I WILL RESPECT the secret which are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I WILL MAINTAIN by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
MY COLLEAGUES will be my sisters and brothers;
I WILL NOT PERMIT consideration of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political, race, sexual
orientation, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat and I will not use my medical
knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;
I MAKE THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
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