FG Suspends OAUTH Director, Balogun Over Alleged Job Racketeering

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The federal government, Sunday announced the suspension of Tajudeen Balogun, former Acting Director, Admin at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The action was taken due to his alleged involvement in a job racketeering scandal within the institution.

Spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Patricia Deworitshe, revealed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

Deworitshe also mentioned that the former chief medical director, Olumuyiwa Owojuyigbe, appointed in an acting capacity in March, has been absent from his duty post since July. The ministry intervened to address the unrest within the institution.

“The unrest is attributed to the alleged job racketeering/over-employment saga in the establishment, under the former CMD, Dr Olumuyiwa, who employed over 1,973 staff.

“This was against the 450 vacancies waiver granted in the 2022 employment by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), which is a flagrant abuse of extant rules and regulations.

“The hospital conducted the exercise in two phases (230 and 220) after securing approval from the Federal Character Commission not to advertise the posts.

“During the first phase, the hospital recruited 600 staff instead of 230, and a total of 1,823 staff members were recruited in the second phase instead of 220,” she explained.

She added that the hospital recruited 2,423 staff instead of 450 at the end of the two phases.

Deworitshe recalled that the government set up an investigative panel in August.

“The report of the panel states that Olumuyiwa was embroiled in over-employment/ job racketeering in the establishment, without provision in the personnel budget for over 1,973 workers illegally employed.

“The report further noted that the 450 workers waiver granted to OAUTH was for the recruitment of clinical staff, but only 55 clinical staff were employed, while others were nonclinical staff,” she explained,

Deworitshe added that the recruitment outcome also revealed that OAUTH had a staff strength of 7,279, of which 3,034 are clinical staff and 4,245 are nonclinical staff.

She said this translates to a nonclinical staff ratio of approximately 1:1 instead of the recommended 3:1, meaning it was supposed to be three clinical to one nonclinical staff.

Deworitshe also said the panel’s outcome revealed that many recruited staff were without the requisite academic and professional certificates and evidence of National Youth Service Corps certificates.