Peace returned to the Federal Medical Centre Owerri – FMC on Monday 20th February 2017 as the national and state leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions Nigeria (JOHESU) led by Comrades Biobelimoye Joy Josiah and Comrade Nzenwata Francis, stormed the Health facility, intimating staff and management of the decision of the Federal Ministry of Health, interdicting Dr. Mrs Angela Uwakwem, the Medical Director of the Centre.
According to Comrade Biobelimoye Joy Josiah, the national leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had approached an Abuja High Court on a case of mandamus preferred against the Federal Ministry of Health, compelling to enforce the extant Labour Laws and Public Service Rules on Dr. Angela Uwakwem who is arraigned in the court by the Economic and financial Crime Commission for allegedly over-inflating contracts, abuse of office and corrupt enrichment.
The national president of JOHESU encouraged the workers to return to work as the federal ministry of health had written to Dr. Uwakwem withdrawing her services pending the determination of the case against her in the court.
There was a thunderous jubilation, excitement and expression of happiness by the over 2000 work force who had been on daggers drawn with their medical director.
Comrade Josiah advised the workers to resume duties immediately and ensure quality service delivery. He promised to take all their grievances to appropriate quarters and ensure that no one is victimized for partaking in the industrial dispute. He informed the assembly that he received correspondence from the federal ministry of health endorsed by the Permanent Secretary Mrs Binta Bello, mandating Dr. Uwakem to step aside.
The leaders of JOHESU comprising Medical and Health Workers Union, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives National Union of Allied Health Professionals also met with the management committee of FMC led by Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, the Acting Medical Director
Intimating of the development and also solicited for cooperation and mutually benefitting relationship geared towards providing quality medi-care to patients.
Comrade Josiah harped on the whistle blowing philosophy and zero tolerance for corruption as being championed by the present federal government. According to him, members of the union have put their foot down against corruption and is favourably disposed in tandem with the current onslaught against corruption, insisting that there should not be any sacred cow.
In his brief remarks the state chairman of Medical and Health Workers Union, Comrade Nzenwata Francis gave thanks to God for seeing them through tick and thin. He condemned the activities of some workers who played anti-union role during the period of strike. He described them as “sheep in wolves” cloths.
Leaders of JOHESU Present included, Comrade Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, NUAP National President, Comrade Beatrice Itubonic Chairman Rivers State, Comrade Useni Ahmed, Barr Tony Oghagbon. Mattew Owalabi Ajorutu, Comrade Nzenwata Francis, Margret Ekanem and Comr. Clifford Ezeugwu.