The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) yesterday accused Imo State Commissioner of Police of bias in handling labour issues at the Federal Medical Centre( FMC), Owerri.
Also the workers of the FMC Owerri, under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), have vowed to resist the renewal of the tenure of the CMD.
It is akin to a pseudo war zone. The JOHESU Chant war songs daily, letting everybody who cares to know about their ‘plight’.
They are protesting the return of the Mrs Uwakwem who they alleged is being presently investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
National President of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, accused the Police of taking sides with the CMD over a purely labour matter.
The CP threatened that we should go to court and stop our overdue childish protest.
“Well, if the CP wants to rewrite the laws to say we don’t have the right to protest, then he should stop us like he has threatened and boosted that he injured a medical doctor and nothing happened. I think this is going to be a different case.
“The staff are going to resist the return of the former CMD to the centre any day she attempts to come back because we have right to protest as citizens of this country.
One of the antics of the Federal Ministry of Health is to blackmail the state government of Imo and the people that for them to upgrade FMC Owerri or attach it to other institutions and upgrade it to a teaching hospital status, that the embattled CMD must return and we are asking, must the upgrading of a teaching hospital be tied to an individual?
“We are of the opinion that for President Buhari to get it right in the Federal Ministry of Health, he must have to do a very serious reorganisation of the ministry. All the directors must be reassigned if not retired”
Meanwhile activities at the Federal Medical Centre have reached an all time low, like a shadow of itself. The wards which are usually full of patients are scarcely with one or two patients.
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