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CMD: Redress This Imbalance, Southeast APC tells NAUTH Board

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Southeast APC Professionals have protested the continuous appointment of Anambra State indigenes as Chief Medical Directors (CMD) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.

In a petition by Mr. Favour Patrick Nnamdi and Dr. Emeka Aliona, chairman and secretary respectively, Southeast APC Professionals complained to NAUTH Management Board how from inception of the teaching hospital, only candidates from Anambra State are selected for the post of CMD.

Appealing to the management board to redress the imbalance, the petitioners regretted that already, 10 applicants, including the incumbent CMD, Dr. Joseph M. O. Ugboaja, have been shortlisted for interview for the appointment of a new CMD.

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Citing the need to abide by the federal character principle, the Southeast APC Professionals said it beggars belief that five applicants from Anambra State, including the current CMD, are queuing up once again to succeed Ugboaja after many years on the position.

The group threatened to take legal actions to enforce relevant laws that support the federal character principle, stressing:

“Since inception of NAUTH, all the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) have come from Anambra State.

They include, Ezeilo, Prof. O. O. Mbonu, Dr. Vincent Ike, Prof. Chibueze Stephen Ufero, Prof. Robinson Ofiaeli, Prof. Anthony Igwegbe and Dr. Joseph Ugboaja, without respect to the federal character principle.”

“Nothing justifies applicants from Anambra State to continue to occupy the office of CMD of NAUTH, Nnewi repeatedly, excluding competent and qualified applicants from other states.

They urged the board to recommend and appoint a qualified and competent new CMD from any other state from among those that have applied, requesting that applicants from Anambra State be disqualified from further participation in the coming interview/screening for appointment as CMD of NAUTH, Nnewi.

“We have observed with dismay the continued flagrant breach of the federal character principles enshrined in the 1999 Nigeria Constitution, as amended, by the continuous appointment of Anambra State indigenes as Chief Medical Directors (CMD) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.

“That due to federal character principle, Anambra State had produced CMDs of Federal University Teaching Hospitals in Southeast, including University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu, Alex Ekwueme Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki and National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu repeatedly.

“That we vehemently resist, oppose and stand against the appointment of another Chief Medical Director from Anambra State, resulting from the ongoing screening/interview for a new CMD for NAUTH, Nnewi.”

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