CLASH:Between Association of Medical Lab Scientists And The Management Of FMC Yola, Ibrahim Umaru Midlu Speaks
There has been an alleged clash of identity and significance the consequences of which the Association of Medical Laboratory scientists challenged as aimed at demeaning their venerated and revered profession. Though the case is currently before the competent court of law, the Association felt it worthwhile, to take it out of its ring to public glare through the spectacle of the press as the fourth arbiter. IBRAHIM UMARU MIDLU is the National Chairman National Presidential Committee of the Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria he shared the issue on Monday October 29, 2018 with the “SAFIYA” a popular live discussion programme on TV Gotel, where Chris and Yetunde anchored the programme.
The media on facts finding tried to reach out to management of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola for their side of the story. However, on condition of anonymity a top management staff said, the matter was already before the court of law and that it would amount to contempt of court going public through the press on the issue
Meanwhile, the Newshawk Investigate, for a preamble, finds it worthy to share the issues and allegations raised by the representative of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Adamawa state. The following is an unedited transcribed excerpt:
SAFIYA: Away from the education matters to health issues, there is a pending labour issue between Laboratory Scientists at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola and the management: To throw light on the crisis, we have in the studio, Ibrahim Umaru Midlu, is the Chairman National Presidential Committee, Association of the Medical Scientists of Nigeria
Good morning, can you let us through what is currently going on between the management of Federal Medical Centre and laboratory scientists?
MIDLU: Am actually, the medical laboratory scientist and the management of Federal Medical Centre, Yola in Adamawa state have been on a serious crisis since 17th August, 2018, when the management released a memo in respect to establishing a Department of Laboratory Medicine; that Department of Medical Laboratory Services is being eroded.
That cut our attention. We sit down and notify the national association of medical laboratory scientists of Nigeria, where the national president now nominated and inaugurated me as the chairman of that particular committee towards ensuring that we have a solidified relationship, which we have been experiencing since the last administration of Dr. Danburam Ali, who has tend to see every professional work as a family.
So we know, when somebody is telling that today you are of no value. That is trying to tell you that your profession should not exist.
We said, this profession has a law guiding it, with a document from a federal government of Nigeria establishing the medical laboratory services department, which have passed through the national assembly; both the lower and upper chamber and they ascend into law by the then former president Olusegun Obasanjo, making as a working document. And individual will sit down with the team and the board have approved.
We said, there is no problem, you, when you approve a department. You want to create a laboratory medicine.
We said the two body can coexist independently but trying to abrogate the other; that this one is of no functionability; that the director of laboratory services should handover the department to a pathologist. You see, these are things that we are trying to call the attention in this country to know that it is not like before. We are not in a lawless society; law should be respected.
No matter what you have to give, if you are telling us that you want to establish the department of medicine, in FMC, there are procedure, there are guiding law on how to establish the department of medicine.
But trying to say that you come with a document and say that you abrogate the other law, I think it does not work.
So, as the chairman of the committee, I sit down, called my colleague to order. We had a meeting and you know in everything, they say, document speaks.
So, we went with a lawyer and wrote series of memo to the management; that the management should take into cognisance.
The management looked at the memo and they make a deft ear to it; that the state branch does not have right to write them.
We said see, we have union and our union is, we have the local chapter, we have the state branch and then we have the national. And the national have given us a responsibility.
We are not fighting with management but what we are saying is that let’s correct this thing. The statement you are making to derogate the department of Medical Laboratory Services, to establish Laboratory Medicine. I said these are things that they are conflicting each other but they can solve, stay on individual distinctions and they have to coexist and be…
SAFIYA: Laboratory Medicine can be on its own…
MIDLU: Yes! Can be on its own and be headed by whosoever they want to appoint. But not to come and abrogate an existing law that establishes the Medical Laboratory Services Unit, department and say that it should be headed by a pathologist; That is where the pains of a professional.
We wrote, in fact, we wrote about seven different memos to the management through the board, we copied the board. And then we wrote even the law enforcement agency copied the ministry of health. We explored all the other level measure to see that this issue is resolved.
But we tend to see that the management give a deft ear. This issue of I too know. I too know. I want to have a name. You see, it does not call for.
SAFIYA: What seems to be the difference between Medical Laboratory Services right, and Laboratory Medicine?
MIDLU: You see, Laboratory Medicine, they are individual professional on their own. But we are concern with who is a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
A Medical Laboratory Scientist has a law establishing it. We don’t want to know, what bothers… the thing is that Laboratory Medicine can coexist like I earlier said. But they are headed by a pathologist. They interpret Laboratory diagnosis for the usage of the patients. And if I said that Laboratory Scientists…
SAFIYA: And the Medical Laboratory Scientist?
MIDLU: And the Medical Laboratory Scientist has a core responsibility by law. Not on the wayside, by law establishing it, like I earlier said.
If you are trying to bring teaching hospital, we have a law, not to abrogate an existing structure of an established organisation, a professional who is, who have by law, been established as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
So, like I said earlier, that we trying to mitigate the issue. The management seemed to take diverse measure to the extent of trying to victimise even our colleagues.
In fact, as I’m talking to you know, the director of laboratory have been suspended for three months on this issue. That he should handover. We said, why should he hand to a pathologist?
SAFIYA: In the course of all these, have you been able to call the national body?
MIDLU: Yes! What we do is, like I said, we have, you know, we are, we respect law. The national body sent a team member to meet the management of the FMC Yola with the MD, which he tell them extensively, this is A,B and C. This is how it should be done.
You know you cannot be interested in the revenue generated from the laboratory and then you want to bring somebody also to come and see how you thwart the other. But what I’m trying to put here is this, that if you, you are trying to solve a problem.
The board member, met two weeks ago in Yola with our colleagues. I wasn’t in the country by then. So, they did extensively told the members of the board, that no, when you see members will start crying.
Medical Doctors will come to the lab and say yes, if you don’t know, we are going to take your department, do not exist. If you don’t know we have already, Ghana must go have already been shared to the member, so they are under the authority of the…
SAFIYA: Is this a statement of fact?
MIDLU: That is the statement medics are saying, trying to see how they mock them. That now your department will not be existing for life again… but you see, but despite that… sorry please, sorry, let me just say, we still maintain the tempo and maintain the preceding and existing law, follow the principle of how to solve issue.
On that note, the board member say, because, we, our lawyer, the national lawyer of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, went to court of law and then serve them with an injunction, that we have the law, we have seven documents, which we have gotten court judgement in favour of Medical Laboratory Scientists on the same matter FMC Yola is bringing.
We showed them seven viable documents. Seven court judgements in favour, and now the management are saying no?
So when they saw the document, the management, the board member saw the document from the court, they told the Federal Medical Centre management that, ok, with this development, I think this professionals are very genuine with their argument, they have, they have won seven case? So, status co should remain; Let sit down how to resolve this thing.
I’m telling you, after the management, the board member left on Friday, if you want to solve a problem, please let tell ourselves the truth. The next thing you could see on Monday was a suspension letter released to the director of laboratory services that his age… validity of age. And this is somebody who have been working for the past twelve years, you have not found anything on him but now, because you have an interest.
You see, have, like I told you earlier, that we have written to the national, to the federal government, to the minister of health, so what we are trying to do now, the chairman of the committee, I’ve sought, I’ve even called the management, the MD himself, and I’ve spoke with the, I think one of the doctor too, I’ve spoken with couple of them.
But with that memo they have released on Monday, suspending that director of the laboratory services, I think it means, they don’t want to resolve, I… they thought that maybe, it’s going to demoralise us.
The national is on it already. No any scientist in Adamawa state is going to pay penny for this case. The case is already in court of law.
But I want to assure our colleagues, they should be calm and law abiding. Gradually and gradually, this case will be resolved.
But because of that memo they released on Monday now, in suspending director of the laboratory service, as the chairman of the committee, I have resolved to see that we write the national assembly; the speaker and the senate president to see that, let them come and investigate what… not only the issue of… there are many things; When you do a nocturnal employment in a place of work. There are too many.
Look, when you say you want to dig on an individual, be careful to know that, some people also know about you and your…
MIDLU: That is it. but…shall not throw stone. Because you know, when you started throwing stone, many of us know, as your colleagues are saying that ABC have passed at that, they are very grievance on saying that, it must.
What we are saying, if you want to do it sir, there’s a law, when you want to create teaching hospital, there is a law and when you say that it is indigene of Adamawa state you call Ibrahim Umaru today, and say Ibrahim Umaru is against the establishment of teaching hospital. I think you are insulting my personality and entire medical laboratory scientists in Adamawa.
We are not against it. We want Adamawa state to begin medicine. If like the, just two days ago, we heard a new chairman, either a director for the law, a Professor who was just inaugurated and reception was organised for him. He requesting that a university here, should be a conventional university, so that he can carry on this programme to bring up our colleague too to start law and to start medicine. We are advocating for that. But not telling people. Tell people the truth, that the truth is, we are not against it, but they should, there’s a law, not saying that the indigene of Adamawa state, the medical laboratory scientists, are the people.
How can medical laboratory scientists stop the establishment of medicine?
SAFIYA: This is just getting one side of the discussion. We definitely will approach the management of the hospital to also get their own side.
MIDLU: Thank you, I will continue to feed you with necessary information as time unfold and if the management decided to call us and said it’s always the truth, give and take, let’s sit down and then talk it out, we will still come and tell you that yes, the management have decided to listen. But as I’m talking to you, up till today, the management have never called us to say let’s discus this.
Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80
Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .
Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””
“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.
An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.
“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.
The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.
Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.
FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast
FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast
While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.
“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.
The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.
Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “
Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”
While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”
Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.
She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”
She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”
Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.
Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.
The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.
Borno fixes 26th September 2020 to resettle famous Baga fish town IDPs
Borno fixes 26th September 2020, to resettle famous Baga fish town IDPs
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno state government has fixed 26th, Semptembe, 2020 to resettled the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) back to the famous Baga fish town of Kukawa local government of Borno state.
It could be recalled that on 29 July 2020, the convoy of the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum was attacked in Baga which resulted into reaction by different segment of the society.
The famous Baga town was displaced about two years ago when members the Boko Haram Insurgents invaded and occupied before it was liberated by the military about a year ago,
innugurating the 23 Man committee on the return of Baga IDPs at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state gave the committee 26th, September, 2020 to identify all IDPs and resettle them back to Baga.
The high powered committee comprising of top government functionaries including Representatives of the Army, Police, DSS, CJTF,, NSCDC, Humanitarian and Development partners, vigilante hunters, community leaders and traditional leaders among others .
Govenror Zulum said “,sequel to the reply Borno state government recieved in respond to our official letter to the Chief of Army Staff COAS, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai informing him of our intention to return the Baga IDPs back to their ancestral homes to continue with their normal life and livelihoods on 26th August 2020. Following the acceptance of the Army to our request the state government has fixed. 26th September, 2020 to the return the IDPs if Baga
“in order to ensure smooth and quick return of the people of Baga, the Committee has to work round the clock to ensure successful return of the people., Hence, the committee has to achieve this, to actualize the return of the IDPs on that date by making it a reality. You have about a month or less than 30 days to ensure the all necessary measures and structured are put in place for the livelihoods of the returnees*, Zulum said.
He also said “the committee is to also put in place all what is required for use of the IDPs, to ensure smooth and immediate return of the IDPs, to identify those living in Baga town,and co opt anybody into the committee that will facilitate your assignment made recommendations for further neccessary actions”,.
The 23 man Committee is headed by the Borno State Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan and Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Reconsttruction Rehabiliation and Resettlement, Abba Yusuf us serve as Secretary of the committee.
Responding, the Chairman of the high powered committee on return of Baga IDPs, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee. and assured him that they will not let him down.
He said the committee will work hard to ensure the return of the IDPs on 26th September 2020 while pledging to give the govenror periodic feedback on the activities of the committee.
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