EMPLOYMENT RACKET: FMC, Owerri Sells Over 30,000 Employment Forms for 30 Vacancies

For only 30 vacancies that existed in the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, management of the federal health institution swindled over 30,000 applicants who paid various sums of money to purchase employment forms for purposes of securing the available jobs.

The categories of payment made by the unsuspecting applicants ranged from N5,000.00 to N1,000.00 respectively, depending on the category of staff being applied for.

THISDAY investigation reveal that the employment forms were sold to attract revenue for the federal health institution as this runs contrary to the principle of employment, since those who paid higher probably got the job at the detriment of merit.

To buttress the fact, an applicant (name withheld) applied for Health Attendant and was given a receipt No. 860596 dated October 19, 2012 for payment of Employment form for N3,000.00.

Some applicants who felt that they were ripped off by that federal health institution have cried out, complaining of the shoddy manner they were treated during the interview as most them did not see their names shortlisted for the interview.

In a petition to the Honourable Minister of Health by Imo Transparency Group (ITG) and signed by its President and Secretary, Comrades Reginald Nnorom and Camilius Ohakwe respectively, of which a copy was made available to newsmen complained of several irregularities going on at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, accusing the Medical Director, Dr. Angela Uwakwem of high-handedness, overstay of her tenure (having stayed for a period of 10 years – Acting Medical Director for six years 2003-2009 and substantive Medical Director for four years 2009-June 2013), and official recklessness.

Submitted by: Amby Uneze



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