By Ifeoma Ofurum
Staff of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri who are demanding the removal of the centre’s Chief Medical Director(CMD), Dr. Angela Uwakwem, are back in their trenches, following her return after being sent on a compulsory leave.
Defiant on their resolve to push out the CMD, the workers, on getting wind that the CMD was about to resume duties, locked up the gates and resumed singing and praying as well as wearing of black attires to work, a situation that prevailed during their three-month industrial unrest which ended in August.
Speaking to Christian Voice, the chairman of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Practitioners (NUAHP) branch in the centre, Comrade Clifford Ezeugwu, confirmed that the workers’ anger erupted again when the suspended CMB suddenly appeared to take over from the Acting CMD, Dr. Okparaocha, who confirmed that he had received a letter instructing him to hand over to Dr. Uwakwem.
According to Ezeugwu, the new protest was a directive from the NUAHP, the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and the Community and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.
The protest, he said, would continue until a white paper from the Head of Service or the Presidency clears Dr. Uwakwem.
Ezeugwu said that the union would not accept the letter of the permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health asking the CMD to resume duties as it was issued at the eve of his retirement and was back dated “to suit their plan.”