So­ci­ety wants fed­eral char­ac­ter in ra­dio­g­ra­phers’ board

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

Med­i­cal ra­dio­g­ra­phers and ra­di­a­tion sci­en­tists un­der the aegis of the Med­i­cal Imag­ing So­ci­ety of Nigeria, (MISON) have called on the Min­is­ter of Health, Prof Isaac Ade­wole to reshuf­fle the Ra­dio­g­ra­phers Reg­is­tra­tion Board of Nigeria (RRBN) to re­flect the fed­eral char­ac­ter prin­ci­ple.

They made the call in a pe­ti­tion against the board chair­man of the Ra­dio­g­ra­phers Reg­is­tra­tion Board of Nigeria (RRBN) Mr Ab­dul Bakare, dated 28th July and ad­dressed to the min­is­ter.

The as­so­ci­a­tion in the pe­ti­tion which was signed by their lawyer, Bar­ris­ter God­win Di­ugwu of God­win Di­ugwu of & As­so­ciates, urged the min­is­ter to re­flect the fed­eral char­ac­ter by hav­ing every geo-po­lit­i­cal zone equally rep­re­sented in the board, say­ing the present sys­tem favours a par­tic­u­lar zone of the coun­try.

They said many things had al­legedly gone wrong since Mr Ab­dul Bakare as­sumed of­fice as the chair­man of the board.

They ac­cused Bakare of abuse of of­fice, breach of pub­lic ser­vice rules, dis­re­gard for Ra­dio­g­ra­phers (Reg­is­tra­tion) Act. CAP R1 2004, usurpa­tion of duty and un­eth­i­cal and un­law­ful con­duct.

Ac­cord­ing to them, the chair­man has been act­ing with­out the board mem­bers of RRBN thereby tak­ing uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion, and also writes to the Min­istry of Health di­rectly which con­tra­venes Sec­tion 7 of the (Ra­dio­g­ra­phers) Act.

“The Chair­man’s self seek­ing req­ui­si­tion to min­is­ter with­out board’s de­ci­sion on au­dit­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive clean up. This also is a con­tra­ven­tion of the ex­tant rules of the board as only the Reg­is­trar is sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to so act and not as have been done by the chair­man of the board,” they said in the pe­ti­tion.

While call­ing on the min­is­ter to set up an in­ves­tiga­tive panel to look into the al­le­ga­tions, they urged him to sus­pend Bakare im­me­di­ately in­order not to tem­per with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MISON also said it would take le­gal ac­tions if its de­mands were not sat­is­fac­to­rily ad­dressed within 30 days.

When con­tacted, chair­man of the board of Ra­dio­g­ra­phers Reg­is­tra­tion Board of Nigeria (RRBN) Mr Ab­dul Bakare said that all the al­le­ga­tions against him were un­founded adding that who­ever was writ­ing pe­ti­tions should con­tinue but when­ever he was called upon, he would re­spond to them.

He also said that he had not re­ceived the pe­ti­tion in ques­tion say­ing that , you can­not write a pe­ti­tion with­out copy­ing the per­son in ques­tion.

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