The prevailing industrial peace at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, may be disrupted again, as both medical doctors and other health workers in the hospital have protested against moves by the presidency to appoint an outsider to head the tertiary hospital.
The doctors and health workers, who staged a joint demonstration within the hospital complex on Wednesday, rejected alleged attempt by the Federal Health Ministry to appoint Professor Adewale Abdul Semiu Musa as the new medical director.
In a protest which lasted for about one hour, the aggrieved workers sang solidarity songs and carried placards with various inscriptions.
Some of the inscriptions are: “Listen To Us Vice President and Appoint An Insider As Substantive MD”, “Prof Musa Is Anointed Candidate Of Minister of Health, No! No!!, No!!!” and “Give us A Medical Director who has contributed to the development of FMC, Abeokuta, “No Room For Prof Musa in FMC Abeokuta.”
They claimed to have petitioned the Presidency to appoint the new medical director from among five of the 65 medical consultants in the hospital who applied for the post in order to sustain the industrial peace in the hospital in the past one year.
The medical and health workers say they rejected Professor Musa, because his appointment was shrouded in secrecy and does not follow due process.
The chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institute and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), Mr Samuel Idowu, addressing the newsmen after the protest, said they will ensure that the new medical director is appointed from the hospital.
Doctor Kehinde Hunyinbo has been running the hospital in the last one year as an Acting Medical Director, since the tenure of the immediate past Medical Director, Doctor Dapo Sotiloye, expired June 20, 2016.