The Federal Ministry of Health on Tuesday in Abuja inaugurated the Governing Boards and Councils of some tertiary health institutions and agencies. Among the board chairpersons inaugurated is the controversial former speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh, who was appointed to head the National Hospital in Abuja. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in his inaugural address urged the appointees to support the vision and core values of President Muhammadu Buhari on transparency and accountability. Mr. Adewole also tasked the appointees to key into the Buhari administration’s zero tolerance for any form of corruption. He said this stance must not be compromised in any way. “Government will frown at and punish corrupt practices perpetrated by any board member as well as the management team of these agencies and institutions. “As Chairmen and Members of the Governing Boards, you have the primary responsibility to perform, which involves calming down frayed nerves, resolving industrial disharmony and ensuring an end to incessant strikes by trade unions in the health sector”, he said. The outfits which now have new heads and boards include Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres, National Orthopedic Hospitals, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospitals, National Health Insurance Scheme and National Primary Health Care Development Agency.The ex-speaker, Mrs. Etteh, was among the 209 board chairpersons appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in December. The appointments comprised 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members. Several commentators rebuked Mr. Buhari for the list, which was found to have included names of up to nine dead persons. The list also contained appointments into a private firms’ boards and a government agency whose board members are required to be elected by law. Mrs. Etteh’s appointment was particularly flayed because of corruption allegations surrounding her reign as the speaker of the House of Representatives

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