The Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has alleged plans by the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to replace the striking medical doctors with native doctors and traditional healers.
The party, in a statement issued in Osogbo by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, on Sunday, revealed that Governor Aregbesola’s reason for the replacement was due to his personal belief in a tradition he called “Isese.”
You will recall that on Friday, the state government had said the striking doctors have automatically sacked themselves for abandoning their duty posts for six months.
The state government said that it was invoking the civil service rule that says whoever shuns his or her duty post for a certain period is considered to have resigned.
However, the PDP, while condemning the sack, described the action as another “outstanding misstep from the slumbering administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.”
The statement said, “We have been authoritatively informed that Governor Aregbesola’s intention is to replace sacked medical doctors with native doctors and traditional healers because of his personal believe in tradition he called “Isese”.
“Now that all the ill-conceived measures to cow the doctors have failed and the Plan “B” of replacing them with new intakes had been frustrated by the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Governor Aregbesola, wants to experiment with the use of native doctors.
“Governor Aregbesola has a rich history of odd actions all in a bid to be “unique”. If a governor could unilaterally change the education system in Osun from the 6-3-3-4 operating across the country to 4-6-3 by recategorising primary and secondary schools in the state to Elementary, Middle and High Schools, then his plans to replace orthodox medical doctors with native doctors in this modern age cannot be dismissed with a wave of hand.
“It is truly depressing that once shining light among states of the federation could be reduced to the least in every aspect that is noble in the space of five years. Osun in the last WAEC rating was 29th and least in entire South West of Nigeria. In 2010, this same state was 9th in the entire country according to WAEC rating.
“Despite the fact that this and many actions of the present administration left sour taste in the mouth, all stakeholders in the affairs of Osun must not give up. They should rise up against the continued misdemeanor being dressed as governance in Osun state.”