Management of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, has adduced reasons why they relived the Principal of School of Post Basic Studies, Mrs Oduburu of her duty.
The management also stated that they would stop at nothing in their quest to take measures to checkmate all forms of sharp practices in the institution.
Mr. Emmanuel Idika, who briefed journalists on the incident on behalf of the Chief Medical Director, said the recent removal of Mrs. Cecilia Oduburu, of the School of Post Basic Studies, was done in the best interest of the health institution.
While disclosing that the decision was taken at a board meeting held on June 18, as contained in a memo with reference no FNHE/G.098/1/223, signed by Igwenagu N.C. (Mrs), he further stated that Oduburu had been redeployed to the ward, through the Head of Nursing Services.
Consequently, he said, “Mrs. Ruth Buzo-Maduka, who is an Assistant Director of Nursing with a background in Education, and who has taught for almost seven years has been appointed as the Principal/Head of School of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu.
“This is not the first time Mrs. Oduburu has been asked to vacate her office. On March 2, she was asked to handover to Mrs. Grace Anoliefo, who is the Assistant Director of Nursing as the Interim coordinator of the School of Nursing by the Medical Director because she locked a male colleague in her office, which within the confines of law is tantamount to false imprisonment.
“Each time she has been asked to handover, she always refused, instead she runs around the whole of Nigeria complaining of maltreatment by the Management of the Hospital and in some cases, will lock the office for one week without handing over.
“Also earlier this year, the Anti-Corruption Awareness Organisation, Nigeria, has in a separate memo petitioned the Management Board of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, to the fact that Mrs. Cecilia Oduburu studied at the University full time for six years without official permission nor release, while working full time and collecting salary and promotions for this same six years, which is a gross violation of the Civil Service rule.
“She obtained in Nursing from the Department of Nursing, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus for four years full time and M.Sc in Community nursing from the same University for two years, also full time.”
Other reasons for her removal included that “the first hospital final council exam by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria was cancelled by the Council because Mrs. Oduburu did not inform the Council and the whole students had to repeat the same exam, putting the cost to the students and the hospital. This was viewed as incompetence by the Board of the Hospital.
“She also increased the school uniform fee of the Students from N10,000.00 to N15,000.00 without consulting the Board members of the School. She unilaterally brought in a tailor and conspired with the tailor to defraud the students. When other members of Staff complained, she brought in N90,000 and shared it to the members of staff, giving them N15,000 and she made them sign their names before giving them the money.”
Meanwhile, when contacted, Mrs. Obuduru described the allegations against her as a cover up.
“The management has interest in three students. My refusal on allowing the students get license did not go well with the authorities. I did not want to compromise on standard; the chairman of the board broke into my office.
“The case is in court and will be held October 5, this year at the Federal High court, Enugu. My removal was illegal.
“I was employed as principal, acting capacity. My position now is not as a nurse but as principal, which was publicly advertised and I beat other of my opponents.
“Before they remove me as principal, they must go through the normal process in civil service rule.”

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