Protesting hospital workers lock out Fayose, CMD
Protesting health workers of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI) yesterday locked out Governor Ayodele Fayose and the embattled Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele insisting that Ayodele must be removed.
The placard-carrying protesters repelled every entreaties made by the leadership of the unions to allow the governor to enter before
addressing them on the premise that he allegedly came to beg on behalf of the seemingly rejected CMD.
The hospital workers had been in crisis since the death of six doctors in Kaduna on their way to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) conference. They accused the CMD of knowing something about the accident and lamented the way he handled their burial.
The protesters barred the main gate and used a hummer bus belonging to the hospital to block the way.
They displayed three mock coffins at the main gate with the inscription “R.I.P. Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele’’, with the photograph of the CMD affixed to each of the wooden coffin.
The presence of some traditional rulers could not help the CMD, as the monarchs left disappointed, having been held in the sun for over an hour.
Fayose, who got to the gate at about 12.51pm could only be allowed to speak to the visibly livid workers.
It took the interventions of the Chairman, Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Austin Ibikunle and his counterpart in the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Workers, Mr. Efe Asagba to pacify the workers, who brandished leaves before the governor was allowed to address the protesters.
Fayose, who called on the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health to remove the estranged CMD, said he had earlier told Dr. Ayodele that he had not been fair and just in the management of the hospital, particularly issues bothering on workers’ welfare.
“I want to thank you for your patience, but we have to remember that we have no other place than Ekiti State and we should ensure that hooligans don’t hijack this protest from us. What you are doing today goes to show that the people’s power is greater than those in power.