Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has suspended the entire staff of a hospital in the state for allegedly abandoning their duty posts.
The governor had paid an unscheduled visit to the General Hospital in Ngala, a town sharing a border with the Cameroon Republic when he found out that the resident doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians, all on the payroll of the government were not at their duty posts.
The governor was reportedly furious that the entire staff, despite receiving government salaries, abandoned the hospital to an International non-governmental organisation, fhi360, to manage hundreds of patients, a majority of whom are Internally Displaced Persons and residents of Ngala.
He said, “This is a General Hospital belonging to Borno State Government, unfortunately, there is no single state government staff here to attend to all these patients, and we promptly pay all their salaries.
“I am directing the Borno State Hospitals Management Board, if there is any staff on the payroll of this hospital, to immediately suspend all the workers on the government payroll. I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today.”