A Principal Nursing Officer (PNO) at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), in Sagamu, Ogun State, Ajibola Oluwafunke, has been sacked for speaking on the welfare of nurses on a radio interview.
Mrs Ajibola, who is the Treasurer of the Nigerian Nurses & Midwifery of Nigeria (NANNM), Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Unit, spoke with newsmen on Sunday.
Her dismissal letter signed by the hospital’s Director of Administration, A. Awoyomi, is dated November 25. It did not give the reason for Mrs Ajibola’s dismissal.
“I have the directive of the Hospital Management to inform you that your service is no longer required by this Teaching Hospital with immediate effect.
“While thanking you for the past services rendered, you will be paid a month salary in lieu of notice alongside your November salary.
“You are to forward your identity card with any other Teaching Hospital property in your possession through the Deputy Director, Nursing Services to the Hospital Management,” the letter read.
Mrs Ajibola said she was invited to speak on an online radio programme, “Nurses Arise Radio”, on October 5 where she spoke about the welfare of nurses at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.
“Nurses’ Radio is a platform for nurses and focusses on issues affecting the nursing profession, vis-à-vis nurses welfare and rights,” she said.
She said as “an elected principal nurse of my hierarchy,” she did not need a formal permission to honour her invitation to the programme.
“I spoke about how nurses are being mistreated and how some persons got sack letters for demanding accountability.
“Following my appearance on ‘Nurses Arise Radio’, I was given a query letter November 3, 2020, by the Director of Administration, OOUTH, Mr A. A. Awoyomi. My sin, according to the letter, was the interview granted.”