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Consultant Psychiatrist petitions EFCC over salaries owed

A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Ambrose Lawani, has written a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleging the withholding of his promotion arrears dating back to November 2014 by the Acting Medical Director (AMD) of the Federal Neuro-psychiatric hospital , Uselu near Benin City.
In the petition dated 3rd August 2016, Dr Lawani who is a former Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Edo, is asking the EFCC to investigate why Dr Sunday Olotu, the AMD has held on to, “my 2013. promotion arrears, salary (since November 2014) and areas of relativity”.
He said the EFCC should look into the circumstances of Dr Olotu’s predecessor in office wherein he served as Acting Head of Clinical Services as well as his alleged sack from office by the Board of the Hospital in November 2014 without fair hear.
He said, “Dr S. Olotu has refused to date to pay me my 2013 promotion arrears and the arrears of adjustment in relativity despite my complaints to the honorable Minister of State for Health and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health.
” With respect to the non-payment of my 2013 arrears Dr Olotu gave a spurious reason,” all attempts to upload the payment failed and the balance fund of GIFMIS was mopped up by the Federal Government at 11.59p.m on 31st December 2015″.
Dr Lawani said he is worried not only about his salaries but also his pension as , “records from my electronic pension fund statement from my pension fund administrator reveals that my salary is still being paid to date but it is withheld illegally by Dr S.Olotu”.
Meanwhile the petitioner also told the EFCC that a Magistrates’ Court in Benin in December 2015 struck out a framed up criminal charge against him brought up after Dr Olotu coerced the hospital’s acting Head of Administration Mr Daniel Osadolor Efese to do so.
He added that he also lost personal effects when under instructions from Dr Olotu the hospital’s acting Head of Administration Mr Daniel Osadolor Efese, broke into his office, carted away his belongings and allocated same to a trainee Resident Doctor.
“I wish to place on record the fact that the authorities of the Federal Ministry of Health at all times have been informed of the above illegal activities of Dr S.O. Olotu. Regrettably to the best of my knowledge nothing meaningful has been done to ensure that the illegally withheld funds are released and paid to me”.
Contacted, Mr Efe Stewart, the Public Relations Officer Of the hospital said that Dr Lawani’s case was not news and that the Hospital no longer handles salaries locally adding that it is being handled by Information Technology Unit at Abuja,

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