Nurses in OOUTH are being endangered, assaulted, and demoralized professionally by the nurses who are in charge of the management of the nursing services department and so, need the support of all of us to fight for their professional lives as they are being torn down by Nrs. Adesegun, the Chief Nursing officer, patient care, and Nrs. Enaholo, the hospital’s DDNS for asking questions in line with their rights to access to the freedom of information.
Since the past several weeks, we have been dealing with the issue of victimization of Nrs. Prince Tega Ovwiodomiowho who was asked to go and start a demeaning new round of hospital orientation that has nothing to do with his professional competency for taking part in an NLC strike supported officially by the Ogun state NANNM.
In disregard of all the diplomatic efforts made by some nurses including Smart Madu Ajaja, RN to appeal to the consciences of Nrs Adesegun and Enaholo respectively before the matter got to the public domain because their action was unjust, the duo were adamant on having their pound of flesh off the young promising Nurse-Anesthetist.
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The young nurse has been taken and is still being taken through a variety of tribulations orchestrated by these two obviously Shylock senior colleagues at the OOUTH who are supposed to be nurturing and protecting the future of the nursing profession in Nigeria through their privileged vantage positions, but are now doing the direct opposite of tearing it down by their caustic and invasive approach to leadership.
Nrs. Prince Tega as we speak has taken the OOUTH to the industrial court to seek redress.
However, sadly today, we got another heart-wrenching news about the invitation of Nrs. Comrade Aishat Ajibola of the same hospital to a disciplinary committee set up by the hospital to grill her on Friday, November 13, 2020 apparently over her speaking up for Nrs. Prince Tega as a member of the executive of the Unit NANNM at OOUTH, the leadership of which has decided look the other way even as one of their nurses is being tormented by Nurses Adesegun and Enaholo.
We are aware from insider-sources that they are building a case to sack her via this undue process which started with her being issued a query for appearing three weeks ago on the “Nurses Arise” program on Nightingale Radio where issues nurses in Nigeria face are discussed every Monday morning starting at 6:00am.
Nigerian nurses are under assault from all angles, and these assaults are not good for professional growth and development and above all, for the mental health and confidence of nurses who already deal the consequences of working hardest in Nigeria’s dilapidated healthcare delivery system, but are not appreciated beyond being tragically stigmatized by Government and the gullible Nigerian public.
- How long are the Nigerian nurses going to remain docile while they are being installmentally destroyed?
- Nigerian Nurses, how much more are you willing to take before you start standing up for yourselves and your profession against your bullies?
- OOUTH Nurses, why are you all silent while your colleagues are being persecuted for no just cause?
- Do you think that your fear and conspiracy of silence when you are needed most to rise will guarantee you job security or immunity against persecution tomorrow?
- Where is NANNM at all levels in this?
- Are the dues Nurses pay to NANNM justified by its inaction at moments like these?
- Whose interest does NANNM serve in Nigeria?
We must not allow Nurses Prince Tega and Aishat Ajibola to be humiliated because if we allow it, it is all of us that will be humiliated.
It has become necessary for each and everyone of us to become Nurses Prince and Aishat respectively wherever we are as Nigerian nurses in their struggles.
We must not let them fight alone because whatever happens in their cause could deepen the darkness in the nursing profession in Nigeria or be the light that would illuminate it for the good of all of us and the future of the profession.
Please, take this personal and continue to share it everywhere possible until Nurses Adesegun and Enaholo understand the meaning of the power of the people.
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Smart Madu Ajaja, RN