By Usman Shuaibu
The chief of traditional medicine, Gui Ward in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Dahiru Haruna Iddo, has called on FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello to deem it necessary to establish herbal depot where traditional medicine practitioners would stay to sale their herbs.
He said if herbal depot was established in FCT, it would serve as a source of revenue generation for the government in the territory.
Dr. Haruna Iddo, who made the call in an interview with our correspondent after he was presented with letter of appointment as the Sarkin Magani Gui Ward by the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) on Saturday in Iddo community, FCT, Abuja.
He further urged the minister to carry the traditional medicine practitioners along in the scheme of things, so as to enable them to work diligently.
He said as the newly appointed chief of traditional medicine in Gui Ward, he would work hand in hand with the security agencies to fight fake traditional medicine dealers in the territory for benefit of humanity.
He also said he would not allow the traditional medicine sellers to give dangerous herbs to the people, saying he would not hesitate to save the lives of Abuja residents.
Dr. Haruna Iddo, however, appealed to the chairman of AMAC, Hon. Adamu Abdullahi Candido to allocate a piece of land to him so as to erect building for the purpose of rendering humanitarian services in the society.
Presenting a letter of appointment to Dr. Dahiru Haruna Iddo, the Coordinator of NANTMP in the FCT, Dr. Ibrahim Agaie, charged the Sarkin Magani of Gui Ward to remain committed to his profession.
In his speech, the chief of traditional medicine practitioners in the FCT Dr. Suleiman Magaji, called for the cooperation traditional medicine practitioners in the territory.
On his part, the president of Graf Ewegbemi Herbal Medical Association, Chief (Dr.) Ade Besorun, urged the entire members of NANTMP to work for the progress of the association in the FCT and Nigeria at large.
Meanwhile, the occasion received the attendance of the Supervisory Councilor for Works in AMAC, Hon. Jagaba and Barde Iddo community who represented the district head of Iddo among other dignitaries who graced the ceremony.