From Ikechukwu Duru Owerri
The Management of the joint Hospital and college of Nursing services in Mbano local Government Area of Imo state is now contending with the youths of Mbeke Umuezeala – Ama and Umueze 1 in the local Government Area .
The angry youths , carrying placards jointly staged protest against the management of the joint hospital and college of Nursing Sciences Mbano for allegedly neglecting them in the scheme of things
This development created some anxiety at the hospital and college environment, thereby putting the staff, students, patients and management, of the institutions confused state
According to the youths ” we are protesting, showing our anger against the management for a breach of mutual agreements reached between our communities and the institutions in 1959.”
They further said ” we have therefore issued a-4 day ultimatum to the management to address the issue or face total short down of the two Institutions”
However, the intervention of the traditional ruler of Ihim community, Isiala Mbano council area Eze Oliver Ohanwe, saved the situation
In a 12-point demand presented to the hospital management, the youths insisted on open or free trade within and around the hospitals and institutions, non-restriction of any type against students, patients and traders in or outside the premises,
According to them, ” we demand our inclusion and 3 traditional rulers in the board and management, of the Institutions “
Also non creation of a new mortuary road, engagement of external security men for security services instead of the land owners, formal land lease agreement between them and the hospital / Institutions in addition to the reconstruction of the Board of Directors in which the three (3) communities should be members.”
Others demands according to them are settlement of unpaid arrears of yearly royalty since 1956 to date as demanded by their fathers. 30% of every school admission year as their quota, first considerations in all appointments and award of contracts, 50% discount for medical treatments given to their people as well as special recognition in special events taking place in the Hospitals/Institution.
However, addressing the youths, Eze Oliver Ohanwe called for peace, patience and under standing among them, noting that the youths agitation had becom trendy in developing society but appealed to them to remain calm and law abiding to enable the hospital management to look into their grievances.
Adding his voice, Chief Elias Onwumere (Omereoha) accused the hospital management of insincerity, selfishness nepotism and favouritism in piloting its affairs.
“These youths must enjoy the fruits of their fathers’ labour and if the hospital management are not prepared to meet our demand, let them vacate our land”.
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