The Federal Ministry of Health has reinstated the suspended Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Dr Angela Uwakwem.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ehanire said the reinstatement was with immediate effect.
He said that the management of the institution would be supported by staff from the ministry.
Ehanire said that the appointment of the medical director of the centre was a presidential issue that can only be reversed through the same channel.
“Should evidence of misconduct be found against her, Dr Uwakwem will answer for it and face the law as no person shall be protected from justice.
“Since Dr Uwakwem’s 4-year tenure is valid until 2017 and no evidence of misconduct against her was raised by a Ministerial fact finding commission, the Ministry desires rule of law to prevail over mob action,” he said.
Ehanire urged all stakeholders of the centre to cooperate with the management and advised the medical director to embrace peace and work towards efficient service delivery.
He restated federal government’s commitment to restore peace, harmony and lawful governance in order to ensure that full service was rendered to the people at all times.
“Following the administrative baton change here today, the interim management team is hereby directed to conduct the technical handover to the MD and substantive management in FMC, Owerri premises,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Uwakwem had a running battle with the labour union at the centre that accused her of financial mismanagement and high handedness.