Lack of Due Process in the re-appointment of Dr C.C Amah as CMD
We have noted with great dismay, the gross irregularities in the re-appointment of Dr C.C Amah. There was a wide shift from the routine advertorial for the office, followed by an interview process that will select three people, for the honorable Minister for Health to present to the President from which he would make an informed selection. The appointment however remains the prerogative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We have reasons to believe that the appointment of Dr C.C Amah was not unrelated to the over four hundred million Naira (N400, 000, 000. 00) the hospital intentionally left in their accounts till December 31st, 2014 which got sucked back into the FG coffers. We believe this was a premeditated action, an indirect way of paying for his second tenure. They caused the return of these monies despite enormous and legitimate arrears being owed to all cadres of staff in UNTH as at December 2014.
Truth be told, there is no CMD in UNTH. The tenure of Dr C.C Amah ended on 16th may, 2015. He is in that office on the erroneous authority of a fraudulent document which we believe he bribed his way to get through the then Minister of State for health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan who signed the document. This document dated 4th December, 2014 is reappointing Dr C.C Amah almost 6months in advance, an anomaly of the greatest order! To lend credence to this fraud, the Hospital PRO, Mr Keleze communicated the staff and general public of Dr C. C. Amah’s reappointment 6 months after the letter was signed and delivered, painting a picture that Dr C. C. Amah was just reappointed.
The fraudulent manner in which Dr C. C. Amah went about his charade re-appointment and succeeded may have given him the courage to continue with his impunity with reckless abandon. Little wonder, Dr Amah has boasted in several quarters that he is untouchable and can neither be queried by the Federal Ministry of Health nor the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, no matter how much any person or group of persons in UNTH cry out. There is the saying that ‘every day is for the thief but one day is for the owner of the house’, the real owners of UNTH are the Nigeria and we do not in all honesty believe that the President, who has maintained a track record of zero tolerance to corruption, will look the other way especially now that the several ills in the Dr C. C. Amah led UNTH has been brought to fore.
Our demands are simple, logical and straightforward;
1) ARD UNTH calls for the immediate sack of the Chief Medical Director, Dr Christopher C. Amah over allegations of high wired corruption, seizure of staff salaries, high level of extortion of patients, purported sale of appointments, high handedness and reckless looting of hospital funds resulting in gross lack of facilities and poor working conditions in UNTH Enugu.
2) We are calling for an overall probe of the administration of Dr C. C. Amah with an aim to giving justice to the numerous patients who have died or suffered undue morbidity in UNTH because of the poor working/service condition imposed on them by the incompetent CMD.
3) That while we demand for a total overhaul/rebooting of UNTH with an aim to delivering appropriate tertiary healthcare services for Nigerians, doctors in UNTH should be brought at par with their counterparts in other tertiary health institutions by properly placing and paying them as directed by the Federal Government.
Dr Ugwuoke Aloy Ifedinso
Dr Ndiokwelu Chibuzo
Dr Chukwuma C. Oraegbunam
Public Relations Officer
Note: This is the conclusion of the press release of striking Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) UNTH Branch demanding for the removal of the CMD