FMC Owerri Crisis: MHWUN Accuses Police Chief of Bias. 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.
The union alleged that the Police Commissioner has been threatening FMC Owerri workers for protesting against the return of their former Chief Medical Director (CMD), Angela Uwakwem.
The workers of the FMC, under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), have vowed to resist the renewal of the tenure of the CMD.
They are protesting the return of the Mrs Uwakwem who they alleged is being presently investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The 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.
Josiah said: “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”, he added.
On why they are opposed to her return, he said: “We are opposed to her return because it is our responsibility to keep the health institution afloat. It is also our responsibility as citizens to ensure that any unfair or criminal activity is exposed and discouraged.
He also hinted that some forces in the ministry of health were trying to blackmail the people of Imo State into allowing Mrs. Uwakwem stay.
According to him: “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”, he said.
Speaking on current status of the hospital, he said: “Already, there is an interim management committee appointed by the federal ministry of health that has brought back peace.
“ We have been working with the management team and we want the management to continue until they appoint a substantive CMD.
By: Faith Yahaya, Abuja
The Nation News