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Employment Racketeering Rock Lautech Teaching Hospital, Osogbo

Posted: Mar 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Fresh Crisis is brewing at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (Lautech) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, over alleged blooted employment and recruitment exercise carried out in the hospital.

It would be recalled that medical doctors of the instition are currently at daggerhead with state government over unpaid salaries and allowances.

Investigation conducted however revealed that the financial crisis the hospital is having with the state government was due to over blotted recruitment exercise in the hospital which prompted the state government to carry out forensic audit on staff strength of the institution.

It was gathered that over 600 workers were discovered to have been illegally recruited into the hospital without government approval. It was further learnt that some of the staff recruited were not urgently needed by the hospital.

The doctors that may be affected by the current staff audit were those that have exceeded the mandatory six years required to pass residency examination as some have spent more than 10years in the hospital.

A statement issued by the Director of Communication and Strategy to Governor Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon hinted that the forensic audit conducted by the state government in the hospital revealed unapproved recruitments.

While assuring workers with genuine recruitment of their safety, the statement said that the state government will not act outside the outcome of the forensic audit conducted on the staff of the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital Osogbo.

Okanlawon who alleged large cases of irregularities in the recruitment of staff, it was in the cause of the forensice staff audit that the government discovered various illegal recruitments of staff in excess of over 600.

The audit panel, according to him, was set up in 2015, revealed that about 678 staffers were illegally employed without government approval. Besides, some of these staffers were just administrative officers not urgently needed for the growth of the hospital.

“Government said that available statistics also showed that some of the administrative officers in question with Bachelors Degrees and Higher National Diploma holders were recruited as security and Ward Assistants on Grade Level 02 only to be promoted to Level 07 within three months of their unapproved appointment.

“Government thus noted that it discovered over 500 staff that are Executive and Assistant Executive Officers more than triple the number of available doctors and consultants.

According to the statement, “What sense would it make for hospital with 34 administrative officers; 56 consultants and 154 Resident Doctors to employ 426 Administrative Executive Officers?

“Should there be need for recruitment at all; will it not be beneficial for government and the hospital management to recruit officers into strategic area of the state’s healthcare needs?

“With the current statistics available, the Administrative Executive Officers have more than tripled the numbers of doctors, consultants and nurses, who are the special needs of a functional hospital.

“To make matters worse, all the recruitment and undue promotions of workers from Grade Level 2 to that of Grade Level 07 within 3 months were done without the approval of the government.”

Okanlawon said in the statement that “some resident doctors, who were asked to go, were those that have exceeded the mandatory six years required to pass residency examination, adding that some of these doctors have spent more that 10 years in the hospital.

But the hospital workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) however kicked against the government plan to sack their members, questioning the rational behind the government decision.

Mr. Afolabi Abiodun, the State JOHESU Chairman while speaking said those that government was planning to sack were fully and duly recruited by agents of government and that necessary procedure and approval were given.

Abiodun said they would resist the sack of their members and that they had written a petition to the state House of Assembly to investigate the matter and possibly intervene.

He said they hoped the legislators would prevail on the Governor not to implement decision to lay off the workers.

Abiodun said all the favourable recommendations made by the forensic auditors in the gazette, concerning the hospital workers after carrying out the staff audit on LAUTECH were not honoured by the governor.

He said when the state government was owing them eight month salaries, they endured and cooperated with the government.

Abiodun said the cooperation was based on agreement reached with the Nigeria Labour Congress that no worker in the state would be sacked and that allocation and revenue available to the state would be used to pay workers.

He questioned reasons why the state government was now punishing their members, saying even if their members erred, there should be due process where queries would be issued and fair hearing given to erring workers.

Abiodun called on President Buhari to prevail over Governor Rauf Aregbesola to rescind his decision, saying the APC government promised more employment and jobs and not disengaging those working and creating unemployment.

He said that though a Federal High Court ruling stated that LAUTECH was jointly owned by Oyo and Osun but Aregbesola was running the hospital like Osun state venture.

Abiodun therefore called on prominent Nigerians to intervene. He however said they would embark on an industrial action if letters of retrenchment were still eventually issued to their workers, saying the hospital Chief Medical Director (CMD) told them the issue was beyond his control.

Efforts made to reach the hospital CMD and the State Head of Service was unsuccessful as their phone lines were not reachable.