By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu
BENIN CITY – ELEVEN staff of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu in Benin City have sent a letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo informing him that his 2017 presidential directive that they should be reinstated has been ignored by the hospital management.
The affected staff has either been suspended indefinitely or dismissed from the hospital since November 2014 over various alleged offences which they claim are false.
The letter of their reinstatement signed by one Alhaji Halad Keana on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Health was issued in November 2017.
The latest letter was written by one of the victims Dr Ambrose Lawani on behalf of others where he reminded the Acting President of the directive of 2017 that they should be reinstated.
Lawani stated that he was a victim of gross impunity and abuse of power saying he was not issued a query before he was “sacked” in November 2014.
After the sack, Dr. Lawani said he was framed in two phantom criminal cases in which the court discharged and acquitted him.
He stated that he challenged his “sack” at the National Industrial Court but discontinued and withdrew the case after the Acting President ordered their immediate reinstatement.
“I and my co-travelers held a meeting with the Board of Management of the FNPH-Uselu on the 23rd and 24th day of May 2018.
“They promised to do the needful but to date and nearly after six (6) months after (6th March 2018) the inauguration of the Board of FNPH-Uselu they are yet to do the needful.
“All we hear now are rumours of a phantom or fake appeal against our discharge and acquittal been bandied as the rationale for the attempt to “lynch” your directive.
“It is worrisome that after nearly a year, the directive you issued in 2017 as Acting President is yet to be obeyed. I and my family are very worried and alarmed that such acts of gross insubordination can occur in an era of change.
“I suffer spine chilling indignities to date while waiting for the implementation of your directive. The education of my children has been placed in near jeopardy for no just cause. I find it extremely difficult taking care of the responsibility I owe my dependants.”