FIVE unions in the nation’s health sector have explained that their campaigns for the sack of the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, is to better the health care delivering system in the country, urging President Goodluck Jonathan, to sack the minister before it is too late.
The five unions; Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospital, Research Institutes, SSAUTHURIAL, National Union of Pharmacist, Medical Te enology and Professional Allied to Medicine, NUPMTPAM, and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, in a statement, said their campaign had no political bearing.
Operating under the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, they dismissed statement credited to group under aegis of Committee for the Campaign for Good of the Health Workers”, which they described as faceless, saying the so-called group was nothing but the hands of Esau and the voice of Jacob.
JOHESU, said it had instructed its lawyers to institute a law suit against the group and its sponsors for libelous publication, over among others, that JOHESU had received N50Million to organise a nationwide rally.
According to JOHESU “Whosoever is behind these libelous allegations might choose to hide behind single finger of an illusory campaign, but he/she/they must have paid for the advertorial on the basis of some identity or the other. We shall institute a case of libel to unmask the faceless mischief makers and pursue it to its logical conclusion.
Let us make it clear that JOHESU comprises unions with the statutory responsibility of defending the welfare and interests of members. The union’s finances are transparent and we are not only accountable to members, the Registrar of Trade Unions (RTU) receives annual audited accounts of our finances carried out by extemal auditors deemed as being competent by the RTU.”
“But we must ask, where are the so-called campaigners who are supposed to be individuals, coming from? Did they fund the advertorial from their personal pockets? This is food for thought and another pointer to the fact that there is someone behind the piper paying and dictating the tune.
For the avoidance of doubt, our demand for the resignation of Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu as Minister of Health, and for Quality Public Health has no political undertone whatsoever. We have actually been justified by the performance appraisal of Ministers carried out by several impartial bodies in the country. All of them scored the Minister of Health’s performance as being abysmally poor. He should take the honourable step of resigning as he has no clue whatsoever for salvaging the health system.”