Trouble is brewing in the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), following the flexing of muzzle between the Federal Government and the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Prof. Anthony Emeribe.
This is flowing from a circular issued by the Federal Government asking Prof. Emeribe to vacate office “with immediate effect’’.
The directive was contained in a letter to Emeribe by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, dated February 19, 2016.
The letter signed on behalf of the Minister by Dr Patience Oshinubi, the Head, Department of Hospital Services in the Ministry stated that Emeribe should hand over to the most senior Director in the council.
But Emeribe is fighting back, saying the directive is sub judice.
The letter to Emeribe reads in part: “The Honourable Minister of Health has approved the advertisement of the post of the Registrar/CEO of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
“In view of the above, I am directed to inform you to hand over the administration of the council and of government property under your purview to the most senior Director in the council, with immediate effect.
“Please, accept the assurances of the Honourable Minister of Health’s best regards,’’ the letter read.
But Emeribe in acknowledging the receipt of the letter said it was wrong for the Minister to have written such knowing his second tenure ends 2018 and cases were in court regarding advertising the position.
According to the Professor, whose second term of four years as Registrar/CEO of the council ought to end in 2018, however, said that the letter was “sub judice’’.
He noted there were subsisting cases in court in respect of the advertisement of the position of the Registrar/CEO of the Council, awaiting judicial determination.
“The cases are in court. The issues that gave rise to that letter are all in court and the ministry knows that it is sub judice.
“The Ministry was misadvised into taken that decision because the ministry should know that you cannot take an action on a case that is in court,’’ he said.
It is uncertain if the Ministry will withdraw the letter to allow the course of law to go full circle or if Prof. Emeribe would hand over as directed by the Ministry of Health.