The Conglomeration of Healthcare Professionals has passed a vote of no confidence on the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Health, Mr.Dominic Ukpong.
In a press statement signed by Dr.Nsikak Nyokoko, Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Aks, Comr.Patrick Odu, Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Emilia Eliezer, Chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, and Dr.Akwaowoh Akpabio, Chairman, Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria, which was sent to Trail Reporters, the Health professionals said,
“We decry the poor inter-personal relationship of the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong with Professional bodies in the Health Sector.
Reject the attempt by the Commissioner for Health to cause disaffection and bring about disunity among Professionals in the Health Sector. At this point, we historically declare our shared brotherhood with and stand in solidarity with Akwa Ibom State Government and its people on preventing COVID-19.
We urge the State Government to disregard the Commissioner’s well known resort to his allegation of persecution and declare that nobody is fighting the Government of Akwa Ibom State led by the amiable gentleman, His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel. We hereby reiterate our complete support to His Excellency Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
We thank the Government for implementing some of the policy advisory as contained in our earlier Communiqué and appeal to His Excellency to continue to do more.
Consequently, in order to save the health sector, we hereby, jointly, as the Conglomeration of Healthcare Professionals comprising of NMA, PSN, NANNM, and AMLSN pass a vote of no confidence on the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong for his lack of managerial and interpersonal skills, disregard for Professionals and professionalism, high-handedness and divisive tendencies, and outright poor management of COVID-19 preparedness.
Health Professionals will no longer continue to work with him as we no longer enjoy his leadership of the Ministry of Health.
Ipso facto, we call on Dr. Dominic Ukpong to immediately resign his appointment as Commissioner for Health.
We shall continue to monitor our resolution as in (7) above. Where Dr. Dominic Ukpong decides to do otherwise, we may be forced to pull-out our members from COVID-19 duties while we continue to render other forms of health services. This is especially so as Dr. Dominic Ukpong has successfully convinced us that he is capable of fighting COVID-19 alone.”