FMC Keffi sacks 2 staff, suspends 7 for job racketeering

By David Dari

The Management of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Keffi, has sacked two of its staff and suspended seven others for job racketeering. 

Dr Yahaya Adamu, Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the hospital disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Keffi.

According to him, when the allegation was reported to the management, it immediately constituted a committee to investigate the matter, adding that those found wanting were handed over to its Disciplinary Committee on Senior Staff Affairs for further action.

He explained that the committee, headed by himself, had statutory membership with a representative of the Minister of Health and various health unions as observers.

“The investigation was done in the open and having concluded our work we forwarded our recommendations to the minister since the board of the hospital is yet to be constituted.

“The recommendations were modified and a final position was taken over all those accused of job racketeering and others accused of committing other offences.

“Nine staff were affected and all of them were tried base on their levels of involvement. Only one of them was found not guilty,” he said.

He explained that none among the accused staff was spared, adding that those who were not punished were found to be wrongly accused.

“For anybody to say we allowed some of the accused persons to resume work after these steps that have been taken is unfair,” he added.

Ahmad further explained that out of the two that were sacked, Peter Dare, found to be the ring leader of the racketeering syndicate and has been outrightly dismissed, while the appointment of the second person was terminated.

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The CMD promised to stop job racketeering in the hospital through proper check and balance mechanism, insisting that anyone caught would not be spared.

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