There was an obvious sigh of relief on the faces of workers of Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), who had for
the past one month prevented the outgone Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele from entering the hospital based on several allegations which include fraudulent activities, sexual harassment and killings of staff
with charms, as a new CMD in acting capacity, Dr. Raymond Okere emerged from the fold of senior consultants who were grossly intimidated, frustrated, molested and easily insulted by the former CMD while in office.
Dr. Okere, who until this appointment was the Chairman, Medical
Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the hospital, was appointed acting CMD by the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja on
Thursday being the second in command after the expiration of tenure of the former CMD, Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele on 1st June, 2016.
The CMAC doubling as acting CMD was overwhelmed, speechless and thankful to God Almighty for the good thing
He had done in his life, adding that, no matter what his ordeals might be, no matter what he had gone through and
no matter how executive the position of the CMD may be, he shall never change from whom he used to be.
In his brief acceptance speech, he appreciated God Almighty for the victory and thanked the administrative panel of inquiry who had been on ground to investigate the crisis rocking the hospital.
“I thank you for your support which
you’ve shown, and I want to assure you things shall be normalised in due course by God’s grace,” he said.
“Today is not for long speeches. We have enormous task ahead of us. The system must be resuscitated with immediate effect and we must return to work in full
capacity. We have been working before now, but it is high time we retrieved our lost glory as a federal teaching hospital.
“I shall remain myself. I shall be fair to all and sundry; and I shall not toy with your happiness. Your welfare shall be
taken care of and the management shall live up to your expectations. Once again, I thank you all and God bless.”
Members of staff were visibly happy with the latest development. It was gathered that Dr. Okere had long time
ago remained resolute and quiet despite the series of humiliation, intimidation and molestation being suffered in
the hands of the former CMD, Dr. Ayodele.
Some described the acting CMD as a coolheaded individual who respects young and old ones in the hospital. They
likened him to the biblical Moses who rescued the Israelites from King Pharaoh of Egypt, saying God had chosen him
(Okere) to take the workers to the promised land.
“Dr. Okere as the CMAC was entitled to some impress but was never given by the former CMD, instead he enjoyed insulting him here and there not minding who is present. We can
authoritatively tell you that Dr. Okere usually spent his personal money to repair chairs in his office, buy A4 papers
and even attend to many official assignments without refund
from the management. That tells you how badly a Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist had since been treated by a tyrant called Dr. Lawrence Majekodunmi Ayodele.
“We are happy today that Okere finally unseated his wicked boss who never wished him well. We still remember our falling heroes who had gone to the grave beyond. We remember Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi and Dr. Alexander Akinyele among others of blessed memory today and we say may their gentle souls continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord, Amen,” the workers reflected in sober mood.
Members of Staff had long clamoured for a change of government. The change has come, and from the look of things, the workers are the happier for it.
Credit: Daily Trust