NIGERIA: Crisis rocks Psychiatric Hospital in Edo

Psychiatric ward Crisis is brewing at Uselu Psychiatric Hospital in Benin City, Edo State, as the Senior Staff Association of the hospital, weekend, accused the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Sunday Olotu, of alleged refusal to give a written approval to some officials of the union, who were invited by Department of State Security, DSS, in the state.

Legal Adviser to the union, Mr. Kelvin Okafor, in a statement, alleged that the CMD had refused to grant permission to the chairman and secretary of the union, Mr. Kennedy Oriakhi and  Mr. Theophilus Osifo, respectively, in order to paint them in bad light before the DSS.

But reacting, spokesman of the CMD, Mr. Efe Stewart, described the allegation as untrue, adding that the management of the hospital had not received any formal letter from the union members for permission, neither had it received any letter from DSS.

He described the union officials as “mischief makers,” who, he said, want to make things difficult for the management of hospital.

The union, however, insisted that Dr. Olotu only gave a verbal approval and had declined a written permission despite the written request sent to him by the union leaders.

“Members of the union are law abiding citizens without skeleton in their closets and are, therefore, prepared to honour the invitation if only the management will issue them requisite written approvals to do so.

“It is, therefore, curious that the management of the hospital is refusing or neglecting to issue the aforementioned members of the union the requisite approval to honour the invitation by the security agency in line with the Public Service Rules,” the union said.

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