Encomium As FMC Commissions Police Post, Donates Patrol Motorbike To Police To Forestall Insecurity - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Encomium As FMC Commissions Police Post, Donates Patrol Motorbike To Police To Forestall Insecurity

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 

ABEOKUTA - For patients, workers and management of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state, safety of their lives and property takes prominent importance, hence, the need to involve law enforcement agency in and out of the medical facility becomes necessary. 

It was garlands of applause for the Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu for his giant strides at repositioning the hospital to a world class. 

On Tuesday, union members in the hospital such as Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) all thronged out to witness the commissioning of the modern police post donated to the Nigeria Police Force by the hospital management. 

According to Dr. Serah Ibiyemi, MDCAN chairman, the presence of law enforcement agents within the hospital premises will curtail the usual security challenges confronted by the staff and visitors. 

To Mr. Joseph Ogiogwa, NUAHP Chairman, the workers will be more happier having a sense of security operatives within the hospital, assuring that the union will work together with the security agents. 

For Mrs. Adejoke Bello, NANNM Chairman, the police post is long overdue considering the security threats poses by car theft, burglary, assault on staff, attempt kidnappings among others. 

In his address, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital,  Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu while handing over the police post to the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun said insecurity was a major challenge at the hospital despite the huge investment to rehabilitate the centre to a world class medical facility. 

Prof. Musa-Olomu maintained that, the police post became necessary at the hospital in view of harassment on members of staff by patient's relatives and attempt kidnappings within the hospital premises. 

The CMD further stressed that, the state-of-the-art equipments worth billions of naira procured by the hospital needed to be protected. 

"Police is our friend at FMC and that is what we have demonstrated today. Security has been our major challenge here. We need to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and property. 

"The presence of the police is to reinforce level of security we have within the hospital. The police post was necessitated by the wave of harassment of our staff and attempt kidnapping of day old babies.

"We've had cases where patient's cars disappeared and car battery removed. The need to protect the equipment in the centre was very germane."

Reacting, the Commissioner of Police represented by Abeokuta Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Musliu Aliu assured the hospital management of sufficient manpower to work at the police post. 

The Police Commissioner said the command would continue to give neccesary support to the hospital to maintain law and order within the premises. 

In his own remark, the Commander, 35 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Alamala in Abeokuta, Emmanuel Amadasun represented by Captain Gabriel Onyebuchi urged the police officers attached to the new post to be diligent and put into effective use of the facility. 

Speaking earlier, the former Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ade Abolurin lauded the visionary leadership of Prof. Musa-Olomu at the hospital. 

Dr. Abolurin noted that the police post would stem insecurity in the hospital calling on the officers attached to the post to justify their existence by providing useful tips to the management.

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