Med­i­cal and den­tal con­sul­tants ask court to set aside judge­ment

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Med­i­cal and Den­tal Con­sul­tants As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria has ap­proached the In­dus­trial Court in Abuja to set aside its judge­ment which or­dered that non med­i­cally qual­i­fied health pro­fes­sional should not be ap­pointed as con­sul­tants in federal govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

In a mo­tion dated Fe­bru­ary 25, 2014, filed through their coun­sel, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, the med­i­cal and den­tal con­sul­tants asked the court to set aside its judge­ment.

But the trade union mem­bers un­der the Joint Health Sec­tor Unions, through their coun­sel, Chief Adetola Kaseem (SAN) filed an ob­jec­tion, urg­ing the court to dis­miss the in­ter­vener’s mo­tion on the ground that they have no locus standi to file the mo­tion.

He fur­ther told the court that since the ap­pli­cant will suf­fer no in­jury with the or­der made by the court, they have no right to ap­proach the court for an or­der to set its judge­ment aside.

Ogunye in his re­ac­tion to the ob­jec­tion of the trade union told the court that the ob­jec­tion to his mo­tion is in­com­pe­tent and urged the court to strike it out.

He fur­ther told the court that the ob­jec­tion to the ap­pli­ca­tion to set aside the judge­ment of the court has no foun­da­tion ei­ther in the Act es­tab­lish­ing the court, in the con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sions gov­ern­ing es­tab­lish­ment and oper­a­tion of the court or in the rules of the court.

He begged the court to de­clare that the no­tice of ob­jec­tion as in­com­pe­tent and should be struck-out.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to sub­mis­sion of coun­sel, the court fixed May 21, 2014 for rul­ing.

Pres­i­dent of the court, Jus­tice Ba­batunde Ade­jumo had in his judge­ment in the case de­clared that the trade union has the right to di­rect that non med­i­cally qual­i­fied health pro­fes­sional not be ap­pointed as con­sul­tant in federal govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

He fur­ther or­dered that any such ap­point­ment pre­vi­ously made should be re­verted im­me­di­ately as in­valid and hence un­law­ful be­cause clause. 3.0 (vii) of ex­hibit FOF 2 per­mits such ap­point­ment.

FRSC Corps Mar­shal Osita Chi­doka with Health Min­is­ter Onye­buchi Chukwu at the launch­ing of a new 5-year cur­ricu­lum for pa­ra­demic tech­nol­ogy in Abuja re­cently.

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