The federal government has suspended Balogun Tajudeen, the acting director of administration at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) in Ile-Ife, Osun state. Patricia Deworitshe, the director of information at the ministry of health and social welfare, announced the suspension, attributing it to Tajudeen’s involvement in a job racketeering scandal within the institution. Owojuyigbe Olumuyiwa, the former acting chief medical director at OAUTH, is also implicated in this incidence and he has fled his duty post since July.
The ministry intervened due to unrest within the institution stemming from the recruitment saga. Under Olumuyiwa’s leadership, the hospital exceeded the approved 450 vacancies waiver, employing over 1,973 staff.
However, during the first phase, the hospital recruited 600 staff instead of 230, and in the second phase, 1,823 staff members were hired instead of 220. In total, the hospital recruited 2,423 staff, surpassing the approved 450 vacancies.
An investigative panel, led by Dr. Aderemi Azeez of the Hospital Service Department of the ministry, was established in August. The panel’s report revealed Olumuyiwa’s involvement in over-employment and job racketeering, with no provision in the personnel budget for the over 1,973 workers illegally hired. The report also noted that the 450 workers’ waiver granted to OAUTH was intended for the recruitment of clinical staff, but only 55 clinical staff were employed, while the majority were non-clinical staff.
The outcome of the recruitment also exposed that OAUTH has a staff strength of 7,279, comprising 3,034 clinical personnel and 4,245 non-clinical officers, resulting in a non- clinical staff ratio of approximately 1:1, contrary to the recommended 3:1 ratio. Additionally, the panel revealed that many recruited staff lacked the necessary academic and professional certificates and did not provide evidence of participating in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).