Nigerian Medical Association NMA Nasarawa State Chapter has stressed the need for the state government to develop a sustainable Agro Allied Entrepreneurship Programme for Civil Servants in the state to enhance their economic stability.
Chairman of NMA in the state Dr. Sabo Emmanuel made the call at the flag off of a three day Entrepreneurship and Investment Training Workshop for medical doctors in the state.
The training which covered animal husbandry, crop farming ,food storage and processing among others was to prepare medical doctors practicing mostly in public health institutions in the state to venture into Agro Allied Entrepreneurship for economic stability.
Nasarawa State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Sabo Emmanuel said the first phase of the training was centred on fish farming.
He stated that the initiative was borne out of the desire to venture into other alternative sources of income instead of over dependence on monthly salaries which can no longer meet up with their rising needs.
The NMA Chairman explained that packages would be provided for the participants to start up their own businesses without interfering with their primary duties.
Head of Civil Service, Nasarawa State Mr Abari Aboki, while commending NMA for the initiative, said there was need for proactive actions towards sustainable means of earning a living after retirement from service.
Some of the participants at the training, Dr. Janet Angbazo and Dr Peter attah said the programme had given them the opportunity to go into farming to boost their economic status.
The participants called on government at all levels to pay more attention to workers welfare.