Coalition of Civil Society Organizations has written the Inspector General of police, requesting immediate investigation Of Dr. Monday Nwite Igwe, the Medical Director, Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, New Heaven, Enugu.
The Civil Society is also demanding that the CMD steps aside to avoid interference in the Investigation.
In a letter made available to the media during a press briefing at the Enugu Press Centre, and signed by it’s leader Comrade Igboke Onyebuchi the CSO alleged several cases of corruption, impunity and nepotism against the CMD.
Meanwhile, Dr. Monday Nwite Igwe in a phone conversation with a Journalist stated that he is yet to be served with the petition; and hopes to react upon receiving the Police invitation.
In the petition the CSO alleged that fresh crisis is brewing at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, following alleged abuse of office, corrupt practices, nepotism, tribalism and “manifestation of obvious acts of a power drunk man” by the Medical Director of the hospital Dr Monday Nwite Igwe.
“Dr Monday Nwite Igwe has been acting with impunity, gross violation of all civil service rules and constitution. He boasts that he has over powered the Ministry of Health, has hand-twisted the board since he is their pay master hence does not obey the board decisions and resolutions as well as the fact that two of his brothers, one a General in the Nigerian Army and another a seasoned lawyer are there to give him the desired protection.
“He also boasts that the power that be who installed him as the medical director despite coming third on the list of people that were qualified for the position will definitely protect him in event of his conduct in the hospital.
“Actually, Dr.Monday Nwite Igwe came third during the process of selection of a new medical director for the hospital but the Ministry of Health presumed him a neutral person having come from Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki but the reverse is the case as he is a product of the cabals in the hospital having been trained by the said cabals that have wrecked havoc for the past eight years in the hospital.
“He was trained and supervised by the said cabals hence he is now acting their scripts in the hospital. He is not in control of the hospital, lacks administrative/managerial experience and the hospital is now a ticking time bomb.
“The Medical Director Dr Monday Igwe instead of uniting and reconciling staff of the hospital which was the primary purpose of appointing him as the MD despite the fact that he came third during the selection exercise because he was assumed to be a neutral person is rather planting seeds of discord and divisions among the staff.
“Dr Monday Nwite Igwe is not experienced as he was brought from the University without acquiring any administrative/hospital management experience.
“To expose the aforementioned acts, we begin as follow:
Refusal to reinstate the substantive Principal and the substantive Vice Principal of the School of Post Basic Mental Health Nursing of the hospital Mrs Ruth Buzo-Maduka and Mr Afam Ndu respectively after the Medical Director and cabals have suspended the duo on two different occasions without success as the said suspensions were reversed by the Federal Ministry of Health and the board for lack of merit.
The Medical Director and the cabals again conspired and implicated them in a trumpet up allegation of murder but the duo were later discharged and acquitted by the court. This is in gross violation of the provision of the Public Service Rules No. 030404 (iii) which provides for the immediate reinstatement and payment of all the emoluments having been discharged and acquitted by the court.
All these are because the Principal and Vice principal openly condemned the action of Mrs Stella Achara, the former secretary to the former Medical Director Dr Jojo Onwukwe. She has long been convicted by the court over the allegation of a N15,000,000:00 (fifteen million naira) job scam in the hospital.
Based on the above, the former Medical Director Dr Jojo Onwukwe and his personal assistant Dr Andrew Orowingho who is also his son in-law vowed to remove the duo from the hospital for daring them.
Now the new Medical Director Dr Monday Nwite Igwe who was their student and supervisee is now acting the script of his former supervisor Dr Jojo Onwukwe and the cabals who have held the hospital hostage for the past eight years.
1b. To further punish the Principal and the Vice after the court discharged and acquitted them in July 2021, it took the Medical Director a period of eight months before he began to pay the duo their salary in February 2022.
Up till now, their outstanding arrears have remained unpaid and all these are in gross violation of Public Service Rules No 030404 (iii) which provides for the immediate reinstatement and payment of all their emoluments. This is a clear case of victimization.
1c. Having removed the substantive Principal of the school Mrs Ruth Buzo-Maduka, the Medical Director went on to further punish her by posting her to the ward/clinical area to work under a nursing staff Mrs Sussan Agi who is four years her junior in ranking.
Mrs Sussan Agi is currently the Head of Nursing Services and also sister to the Medical Director. This also is in gross violation of Public Service Rules No 020106 which provides for seniority in service.
2a. Dr Monday Nwite Igwe is in gross violation of the Public Service Rules No. 020601 which stipulates that in the absence of the substantive principal and vice principal, the most senior should take over in an acting capacity pending the determination of the substantive issue rather Dr Monday Nwite Igwe pulled his wife Mrs Chinonye Igwe from the ward/clinical area of Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki and appointed her the substantive vice principal irrespective of the fact that she is not qualified for this position. It is also alleged that Mrs. Chinonye Igwe rarely comes to work.
2b. The Medical Director Dr Monday Nwite Igwe in his desperation to make his wife the substantive principal of the school in the next two years has introduced a two year tenureship in the headship of the school which is a clear contravention of the Head of Service of the Federation circular number HCSF/428/S.1/139 dated 20/6/2016 abolishing tenureship in the civil service of the federation.
It is alleged that Dr Monday Nwite Igwe collected N3,000.000:00 (three million naira) from one Mrs Stella Oyeamaka Agbo to make her the substantive principal. This is not withstanding the fact that the said Stella Oyeamaka Agbo is hierarchically junior to and also a student of both Mrs Ruth Buzo-Maduka and Mr Afam Ndu.
It is also alleged that the MD’s wife Mrs Chinonye Igwe is the de facto principal. She executes all the contracts and undertakes all the supplies to the school, the more reason Dr Monday Nwite Igwe the Medical Director does not want the substantive principal and vice back to their positions.
Prior to the installation of Mrs Stella Oyeamaka Agbo, it was alleged that Dr Monday Igwe collected the sum of N3,000,000:00 (three million naira) from one Mr Alphonsus Mba and made him the substantive principal of the school. However, Mr Mba retired from active service few months after his appointment.
Under the watchful eyes of Dr Monday Nwite Igwe as the medical director, Mr Alphonsus Mba, Mrs Stella Oyeamaka Agbo and Mrs Chinonye Igwe, the sum of N6,000,000:00 (six million naira) being students’ school fees and other fees of 2019/2020 set which was supposed to be paid through remita was collected cash by them and the said sum disappeared from the school account till date.
This is a clear violation of the Federal Government regulation that made provision for payments of all moneys via remita. It was equally alleged that the said sums of money were shared amongst themselves because no serious action or a report to any law enforcement agency was made by the management. The matter was swept under the carpet.
Under the watchful eyes of Dr Monday Igwe as the medical director, Mrs Stella Oyeamaka Agbo, Mrs Chinonye Igwe and one Mr Princeton Osamor who is not a staff of the school, the sum of N1,600,000:00 (one million, six hundred thousand naira) being amount meant for the registration of the 2021 set of students with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria disappeared leaving the students stranded.
To offset this sum so as to achieve the registration, the students were levied again while the medical director on his part brought the sum of N1,000,000:00 ( one million naira) to augment the students’ contribution. All these fraudulent activities have not happened in the history of the school and this is one of the reasons the Medical Director Dr Monday Nwite Igwe does not want the substantive principal and vice back to their positions.
Mr Alphonsus Mba who is one of those alleged to have bought the position of the substantive principal of the school from the Medical Director Dr Monday Igwe is a stooge and long-time friend of the Medical Director. He, Mr Alphonsus Mba is alleged to be impersonating someone as his real name is Mr Gregory Agbo from NCHATANCHA NIKE. His wife bears Agbo and all his children bear Agbo as their last name. Everyone from Nchatancha Nike can attest to the above fact. Alphonsus Mba is actually the name of his elder sister’s husband. He assumed the name Alphonsus Mbah to enable him acquire and utilize his brother in-law’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate for further studies and career progression as his O’Level result was deficient then. The action of Mr Alphonsus Mba amounts to impersonation in the highest order. The Medical Director knows about this but decided to remain silent on the issue.
The Medical Director Dr Monday Nwite Igwe while trying to sack the principal and vice principal of the school secretly employed over hundred staff into the hospital especially people from Ebionyi State his home state without advertising so as to give everybody equal opportunity. This is in gross violation of the extant rules that stipulates that jobs must be advertised before employment.
There is equally an allegation that people paid the sum of one million naira each before being employed into the hospital. The names of some of those secretly employed by the Medical Director without advertising are: 1.Chidi Ugwu 2.Oscar (his personal assistant), 3. Onyekuba etc. Those staff secretly employed by the Medical Director were secretly captured by IPPIS at Nondon Hotel and were paid three month salaries upfront without working thereby short-changing the Federal Government. Most of them have long stopped coming to work and some were alleged to have been employed with fake certificates.
It is alleged that two major contracts in the hospital were not advertised; in other words, it did not follow due process and it is also alleged that the Medical Director is doing both contracts by proxy.
It is also alleged that as a means of syphoning fund from the hospital, the Medical Director employed many honorary consultants who do not even come to work but are paid monthly salary and thereafter settle the Medical Director behind. Some of these honorary consultants include his childhood friend Dr Bobsam Ohayi who is a consultant pathologist at Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu.
The vital question is: “what is a pathologist doing in a psychiatric hospital?” Another friend of his Dr Chukwujekwu who is based in Port Hacourt is equally employed in the hospital while four of his colleagues working at the Alex Ekwueme State Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki are also employed in the hospital as honorary consultants.
It is also alleged that the Medical Director Dr Monday Nwite Igwe through some staff of the hospital acting as his agents charge money for recruitment of interns to the hospital.
Some of his staff who act as agents for the collection of the money from prospective interns are: 1. Mr Obinna Idika (Audit Department) 2. Mrs Celestina Onuoha (Account Department) 3.Mr Okey Orenta (Account Department) 4.Mrs Ifeoma _______ (Procurement Department). A close look at the accounts of the interns and these staff for the medical director in the month of February/March, 2022 will substantiate these claims.
One of the interns who paid to the bank to one of his agents is Miss Angela Okolie (07035125274). It is alleged that the interns paid between the sum of N200,000:00 to N300,000:00 (two hundred to three hundred thousand naira) each to the Medical Director through his agents.
It is also alleged that these interns were forced to pay the sum of N10,000:00 each as fee for medical test. This fee ordinarily is supposed to be the sum of N300 because the above medical tests are done in the hospital, yet the interns were exploited and extorted.
It is equally alleged that the Medical Director collected the sum of N2,000,000:00 (two million naira) each from four nurses and promoted them to the position of Assistant Director (Nursing) without going through the due process of promotion exercise as provided by Public Service Rules. Their names are: 1. Nurse Patricia Odo 2. Nurse Clara Omeghoha 3. Nurse Crescentia Ugwu and 4. Nurse Eugenia Abaratu.
It is alleged that the Medical Director collected the sum of N3,000,000:00 (three million naira) from one Mr Francis Chinawa and promoted him to the position of Assistant Director (Nursing) despite the fact that Francis Chinawa’s request to do a post graduate studies in Ebonyi State University was refused by the management and also in gross violation and contravention of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation circular number HCSF/EPO/EIR/CND /100ST/97 dated 8/9/2016 which stipulates that a degree in nursing science is a must before being promoted to the position of Assistant Director (Nursing) which Chinawa Francis does not have.
The Medical Director Dr Monday Nwite Igwe got his official car TINTED in gross violation of the extant rule/circulars that no federal government car should be tinted.
It is alleged that Dr Monday Nwite Igwe aside super imposing his wife as the vice principal of the school has since his assumption of office as the MD engaged in nepotism and tribalism as he has flooded the hospital with his kinsmen and women from his home State of Ebonyi:
a. His wife Mrs Chinonye Igwe is the de facto principal of the school.
b.His sister Nurse Sussan Agi is the Head of Nursing Services and her four years senior in ranking Mrs Ruth Buzo-Maduka has been humiliated to work under her as a subordinate for the past one year.
c. His brother Mr Friday Oduburu who is a staff of the hospital was contracted to manage the hospital canteen along with his wife.He now sells alcoholic drinks in the hospital canteen and he has also taken over the hospital photocopying machine in the library for his use in the canteen.
d. Mr Friday Igwe who is the immediate brother to MD is now in-charge of the hospital hall and is contracting same out to outsiders for functions as well as mismanaging the proceeds generated from it without accountability.
The Medical Director in displaying his skills of planting seed of discord and divide and rule among the staff of the hospital has now forced the staff to belong to the unions and will go directly to their salaries/source to deduct the unions’ dues and share it with the various unions.
These various unions as a way compensating him will give him awards thereby creating seeds of discord among the staff. The Medical Director is in violation of the fundamental rights of these staff to freedom of association guaranteed them under the constitution. The Medical Director by his action has violated the provision of section 12 (4) of the Trade Union Act which provides that membership of trade unions shall be voluntary and no employee shall be forced to join any or be victimized for refusing to join or remain a member. Also, by the provision of section 9 (6) of the labour act, no employer shall make a condition of employment that a worker shall or shall not join a trade union or shall not relinquish membership of a trade union.
It is alleged that the Medical Director has assembled some able bodied men/staff as his hit squad and named them “CATCH AM” who he has saddled with handling of mentally challenged/ill patients without any form of training. They beat and abuse these patients and handcuff them in this process. He uses the squad to divert patients to his private clinic.
It is alleged that the Medical Director illegally employed one Miss Uju Nwodo, a level 8 staff (his alleged girl-friend) and made her seniors on level 13 to work under her. They are: 1. Dr Ogbonna Kalu-Nta 2. Mrs Judith Nwonye.
Dr Monday Nwite Igwe (the Medical Director) should be asked to step aside for full scale investigations to avert looming industrial unrest in the hospital.