The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has written to the National Assembly demanding the investigation of the Medical Director of Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu over alleged corrupt practices and age falsification.
The group had earlier written a similar letter to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC), the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the Minister of State for Health, to investigate Musa-Olomu before the situation at the hospital leads to breakdown of law and order.
CACOL in a letter titled “A Clarion Call On The Senate to Intervene On Issues That may Lead To Breakdown Of Law & Order At Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, Ogun State”, addressed to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawal, it had become imperative to end the crisis currently rocking the medical institution.
The letter, dated Monday, July 4 and signed by CACOL Chairman, Debo Adeniran stated that, the letter was based on the various petitions against the Medical Director as alleged by All Youths Reoriented Initiative of Nigeria (AYRION) and Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA).
The letter reads, “The attention of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has been directed to the ongoing impasse rocking the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta bothering on issues of the Medical Director’s alleged age falsification, discrepancy in his name, mismanagement of funds, abuse of office by employing his biological son and within a year of employment, granting him study leave in an European country with pay and the extension of the Medical Director’s tenure of office despite glaring evidences pointing to his gross abuse of office.
“To this end, we are formally writing to you to use your good offices to investigate these allegations leveled against the Chief Medical Director of the Centre.
“It is our belief that any matter that has to do with public health such as that of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, should be treated with utmost urgency since the issues that are involved could lower the quality of service that citizens receive from that Centre.
“It should be noted that the rancor in FMC Abeokuta is due to the ongoing investigations of the Medical Director by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) for the following allegations, among others:
“Purchase of a refurbished CT Scan machine at the price of a new one. The machine broke down 3 months after purchase. This allegation was investigated and confirmed to be true by the Board of Management of the Centre.
“Illegal use of hospital funds to finance the repairs of the refurbished CT Scan machine despite the Board’s directive that the contractor, who supplied the machine, should bear the cost of repairs.
“This lack of a functional CT Scan at FMC Abeokuta has put very sick patients who require CT scan investigations under tremendous burden as they have to travel to Lagos,Ibadan and Ilisan Remo.
“Falsification of Age and discrepancies in the names on his certificates: This fact was proven by an investigative Panel of the Board of Management who authenticated this fact at University College Hospital, Ibadan and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sagamu where the Medical Director had earlier served. Prof A. Musa Olomu also declared his date of birth (DOB) twice, which goes against an extant Circular from the Head of Service of the Federation Ref. No. HCSF/PSO/004/T/66 dated 3rd February,2009.(Copy attached)
“Abuse of office and poor personal history: The Board noted in its report that they have experienced firsthand verbal and physical aggression from Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu which corroborated the verbal and physical aggression reported by Medical Consultants and other staff in the Hospital.
“that the Medical Directorunilaterally sent his own biological son who had barely spent 11 months in service to an European country in contravention of the Public Service Rules which stipulate minimum of 2 years of unblemished record to qualify for such privilege.
“It is salient to state that there are available evidences to prove all these allegations against him.
“We believe that the hallmark of your office as the head of the elected representatives of the people should be openness and active involvement in public interest issues like this.
“So, it is on this note that we hope that you are not going to leave any stone unturned in ensuring that the Senate Committee on Health as part of its oversight function, urgently step into the matter at Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta and make practicable recommendations that would facilitate smooth running of the affairs of the Centre and douse the tension currently bedeviling the Centre.
“CACOL is an aggregate of human rights, community based and civil society organizations and individuals with an anti-corruption and openness in governance agenda across Nigeria.
“It is a non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian, non-profit organization.
“We would appreciate your leading role in the efforts aimed at sanitizing our public service of corruption and its perpetrators.”