Enugu NMA denies suspension of chairman

Raphael Ede, Enugu

The Nigerian Medical Association, Enugu State branch, on Sunday disclaimed the purported suspension of its Chairman, Dr Ike Okwesili, by some members of the body, describing it as a hoax and mischievous.

There were reports in some sections of the media (not The PUNCH) that the branch of the NMA, after its virtual emergency general meeting on July 24, suspended Okwesili for alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.

The group claimed that the virtual meeting, in which only 30 out of over 2,000 members of the association in the state participated, appointed the deputy vice chairman, Dr Onyekachi Ugwuonye, to act as chairman pending the determination of the matter by the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the body.

The suspension notice was reportedly issued and signed by Ugwuonye and Dr Okam Izuchukwu.

The participants claimed that the meeting was in line with Article VII (i) and (ii) of the by-laws of the association and alleged that the suspended chairman unilaterally withdrew the rights and privileges of some members without recourse to laid down procedures, thereby throwing the association into chaos.

But the state NMA, in a letter with Ref. NMA/ENUGU/240720/622, addressed to the zonal chairmen, heads of affiliates, CMDs/MDs of tertiary health institutions and its members, titled, ‘Re: purported suspension of the NMA Enugu State Chairman – disclaimer’, described the report as malicious.

The letter, which was made available to our correspondent on Sunday, was signed by Dr Ike Okwesili and Dr Emmanuel Aneke, chairman and secretary of the brach NMA, respectively.