South East professionals in the All People’s Congress (APC) have protested the continued appointment of Chief Medical Directors of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi from Anambra state arguing that it negates the spirit and principle of federal character.
They opined that since the establishment of the hospital, all past five medical directors all hail from Anambra state.
“Due to federal character principle, Anambra state had produced Chief Medical Directors for other Federal University Teaching Hospitals in South East Nigeria repeatedly,” and thus “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 the Teaching Hospital.”
In the protest letter addressed to the chairman of the governing board of the hospital and signed by Barr. Favour Patrick Nnamdi and Dr. Emeka Aliona, president and secretary respectively, the group threatened to go to court if another person from Anambra state is appointed to the position.
They requested the disqualification of all the candidates from Anambra state as nothing justifies the continued appointment of the indigenes of the state to the position.
“We urge you to recommend and appoint a qualified and competent new Chief Medical Director from any other state that applied.”