By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI— FEAR has gripped health workers in Imo State, over what they termed “a careful plot to sack a good number of us through the planned privatization of all general and specialist hospitals.”
This came as indication emerged that the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, as well as the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of Imo State University Teaching Hospital, IMSUTH, Orlu, are already spoiling for war with government.
The unions are arguing that the planned privatization of the hospitals is a clandestine arrangement to massively sack their members and send them into the saturated labour market.
The workers were also irked that government had equally planned to bring in an Islamic firm to enable it secure loans from the recently established controversial Islamic Bank.
Apart from unions, some human right activists have also queried the planned privatization of the hospitals, contending that “the suspicious package would most likely lead to the sacking of workers.”