Benue FMC at Daggers drawn with Laid off Staff

Posted: October 5, 2013 in BENUE, federal, makurdi, political, Uncategorized
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  • Imagethere were no illegal dismissals- CMD


Reports reaching atiterkula have it that the management of the Federal Medical centre Makurdi is in a running battle with staff who claim to have been unjustly discharged from the establishment’s service.

However, the affected staffs insist  they were unfairly dismissed despite the board’s decision on the contrary. According to them,  the board in 2010 ordered the FMC management to warn them against their ill- behavior, only for them to be served termination letters a week later.

The aggrieved staff have already sued the FMC management to the Makurdi High Court where they are seeking redress.

They are: Olofu John, Okoh Ubeh, Ukwenya Donatus, Ahmed Sarki and Tyowase Kaduna


Meanwhile, Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, Dr. Mathias Oyigeya, has  said there were no illegal dismissal of staff at the centre. Oyigeya  who said this Friday while briefing newsmen in an interview with in Makurdi, stressed that all staff whose appointments were terminated followed due process.


He insisted that the staff affected failed to appreciate management resolve to keep them over a couple years despite their unending misbehaviors.


“No illegal dismissal of staff cases at Federal Medical Centre; the management strictly follow due process to the end. If some people felt that they were illegally dismissed they should seek redress at the Public Compliant Commission or petition the management at the Federal Ministry of Health for effective actions. We gave them all the opportunities to enable them change their attitudes but they refused to change completely. We tolerated these people for so long, some of them were quarried seven times, it reached a stage where we cannot do otherwise but to terminate their appointment instead of dismissing them. It is very important to note that in hospital management extra attention is paid to ensure that staff is at least 99 per cent perfect, this is because every patient wants the best medical attention and this can only be achieved if everybody is doing his best.” He said

Oyigeya regretted that the centre was currently unable to deliver 100 per cent services due to the ongoing nationwide resident doctors’ strike. He informed that the situation had forced the hospital to discharge few patients whose cases were less critical for the purpose of giving quality health care service delivery to the patients still on admissions.


“We have discharge few patients that were placed on observation and other patients whose cases were less critical and could still be treated while they are still at home.


The medical director who further disclosed that he will be contesting for the 2015 governorship election in Benue, also disclosed that centre had started producing oxygen adding that each 273 council wards in the state have benefited from the centre in the areas of employment. He also said he had inherited 21 months pension arrears on assumption of duty, but was quick to add that he was able to upset the arrears.




  1. Thanks 4 keeping me abreast


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