Labour unions yesterday protested at the Federal Secretariat complex, Abuja, demanding the resignation of Minister of State Health, Osagie Ehanire.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Medical and Health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions, (JOHESU) carried different placards and sang solidarity songs to drive home their demand.
Speaking inside the ministry’s complex, NLC president Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the unions had issues with the ministry for reinstating the Managing Director of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri who had been arraigned in court over sundry issues.
He accused the minister of shielding the MD from justice as well as supporting the victimization of staff who blew the whistle of her corrupt acts.
He said, “The MD has actually been arraigned in court over sundry issues of corruption, but few days before her arraignment, she was brought back by the state Minister of health, so what’s funny is that the same government prosecuting her for stealing government’s money reinstated her and the whistle blowers are now being victimized.’’
Wabba said NLC had written the minister to ask him to invoke the provision of a Civil Service act that provides for indicted public officers to go under interdiction.
“But instead of that she was brought back and celebrated and for that reason the whistle blowers are now being victimized and subsequently removed from the payroll. We are also aware that the Minister has given express instruction that the right thing should be done in her case but the State minister of health who is directly supervising the federal medical centres has sat on these files and refused to carry out the instruction,” Wabba said.
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