Ogun College of Health Tech Staff Poisoning
CDWR Demands Independent Panel of Investigation Involving NLC, TUC, NMA, NASU, ASUP, MHWUN, NBA, NANNM, NUAHP, CSO etc.
Dapo Abiodun-led government must adequately finance public health and education sectors with improved working and living conditions.
The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), Ogun state chapter, condemns in absolute terms, the recent poisoning of a staff at the clinic of the Ogun state College of Health Technology, Ilese, and demands the immediate constitution of an independent panel of investigation involving NLC, TUC, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Non Academy Staff Union(NASU), Academy Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Civil Society Organizations (CSO) among others, to unravel the circumstances, and those behind the distasteful, dastardly and barbaric act. Those found culpable should face the wrath of the law, so as to serve as deterrent .
For us in the CDWR, this odious and inhuman act becomes more worrisome and disturbing, demanding immediate action from the authorities concern, given the fact that it was perpetuated in a facility at an institution that is supposed to protect public health and environmental wellbeing of the citizens. This negates the ethical and moral codes, bothering on it continued ability to safeguard, guarantee and deliver it responsibilities as an institution in public trust. This is an aberration, which must never be allowed to repeat itself again under whatever guise.
We, in the same vein, equally call on the Dapo Abiodun-led administration of Ogun state to adequately finance the public health and education sectors, including better pay and decent condition for public health and education workers. This is as against the present propaganda and grandstanding, all geared towards hoodwinking and pulling wools over the probing eyes of the public, towards the festering rots and decadence in these sectors. At present, there are attacks on working and living conditions on the ordinary people of Ogun state, occasioned by the implementation of anti-poor policies of underfunding education privatization of health sector, commercialization of public utilities and contract system.
The CDWR reiterates its call for an independent panel of enquiry without delay, involving the aforementioned, and would frown at any attempt covertly or overtly to sweep the matter under the carpet, and those culpable be punished accordingly so as to nip this devious and wicked act in the bud, before it morphs into ‘new normal’ in work places.
We also call on the staff unions in the institution to take up the matter and support our demand for an independent probe as well as adequate funding of public health and education sectors.
Eko John Nicholas
Coordinator CDWR, Ogun State Chapter