Over 1,500 workers sacked by the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, OAUTHC, Ile-Ife, have resumed their protest over the failure of the management to reverse the decision.
The protesting workers converged at the hospital premises on Friday morning.

The angry workers also shut down the main gates of the hospital and prevented human and vehicular movement in and out of the complex.

DAILY POST gathered that the workers were protesting the decision of the management to relocate the venue for the suitability test for a few workers who would be considered for employment.

The hospital management had in February, laid off more than 2000 workers, a decision taken following the discovery by the Federal Government that the management and some workers of the medical establishment were allegedly involved in job racketeering.

The affected workers stormed the venue of the test and disrupted the exercise through protest.

Following the protest, there was a face-off between security agents and the protesters at the hospital premises where some workers were arrested and later released.

The workers were reportedly recruited by the hospital between 2022 and 2023.

A circular issued by the management and dated March 7, 2024, asked workers who applied as Hospital Consultants, Dental Technologists, Registrars, Health Attendants, Medical Officers, Administrative Officers, Pharmacist, Accountant, Nursing Officers, Health Records Officer, Radiographers, Assistant Catering Officer, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Programme/System Analyst, Physiotherapist, Motor Driver/Mechanic, Dietician, Assistant Craftsman, Medical Laboratory Technologist/Technician, Assistant Technical Officer (Electrical and Biomedical), Health Records Technologist/Technician to assemble at the Command Day Secondary School, Army Barrack, Ara Road, Ede, Osun State on March 9, 2024 to provide their suitability tests.

Upon hearing that the management had relocated the venue of the interview and test to a military environment, the sacked workers regrouped and warned their colleagues from attending the suitability test.

A secular by the management sighted by the management read, “Re: Implementation of the Year 2022 Approved Waiver, “Given the crisis that followed the earlier slated interview, the Federal Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Abuja has taken over the conduct and conclusion of the recruitment exercise under the June 2022 recruitment waiver as granted by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

“Consequently, these are the details for the suitability test; Venue: Command Day Secondary School, Army Barrack, Ara Road, Ede, Osun State.

“Date: Saturday, 9th March, 2024.

“Arrival Time: 7:00 a.m.

“You are to come with the following documents both in original and photocopies to the venue:

“(i) Letter(s) of Appointment; (iii) Credentials; (ii) Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age; (iv) HP Pencil.”

The protesting workers called for an emergency congress through a statement signed by their coordinator, Adeyinka Owolade.

The protesters converged at the hospital gate, shut it and asked the management to re-engage them.

Fresh protest rocks OAUTHC over change of suitability test venue

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