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OAUTH: Unions warns against imposition of CMD

Hospital ward. Photo: Archive/Radio Nigeria

The leadership crisis rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, OAUTH has taken another dimension as the Joint Action Committee of Unions of the Teaching Hospital warns against imposition of Acting Chief Medical Director.

The Joint Action Committee of the unions comprises of the Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospital Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI).

Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Medical & Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).

Presenting their position in a paper signed by the leaders of 10 Labour Unions in the hospital to newsmen in in Ile-Ife, the spokesperson of the Committee, Comrade Lateef Adeyemi urged the Federal Government to adhere to the recommendation of the Hospital’s Board Management in appointing a substantive CMD for the hospital.

Comrade Adeyemi announced that the recommendation of the Board was the appointment of Professor Afolabi Owojuyigbe as the acting CMD who is to hand over to Dr Adekunle Adeyemo.

The Unions which maintained that there was peace in the hospital complex.

They urged Federal Ministry of Health to forward the recommendation of the Board of Management to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the appointment of a substantive Chief Medical Director to put a stop to the leadership crisis.

Radio Nigeria had earlier reported that there was uneasy calm in the hospital with respect to appointment of acting Chief Medical Director among some senior medical personnel.

Those laying claim to the office, includes; Professor Oladiran Adegbehingbe who reportedly got a letter from the Federal Ministry of Health dated 22th of June, 2023 and signed by Director of Human resources, Hasaan Salahu.

Also is Professor Afolabi Owojuyigbe who also retuned to the hospital on Friday with a letter dated 27th of June, signed by the permanent Secretary Adebiyi Olufunso, directing him to act and stabilize the institution before handing over to Dr Adekunle Adeyemo who was directed to take over as the acting Chief Medical Director by 7th of July, 2023.

Reporting by Adenitan Akinola; Editing by Chinasa Ossai, Julian Osamoto and Adeniyi Bakare