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The recent appointment of Board Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers under the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare were received with mixed feelings depending on the sides of your view.

To a scanty few, it is a welcome step and a call for celebration while to many others, it is clearly an aberration that should not be allowed to stay.

The good intentions of government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was punctured and contaminated by the selfish interest of Nigerian politicians who could go to any length to please him or herself, family members, friends or cronies at the detriment of the law and the nation.

The emergence of Dr Babajide Salako, MD, a US based Medical Doctor, the Managing Director, Dialysis Care Center in the US as a Chairman of the Board of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) would not have generated the negative reactions from the members of the profession if not that the law that set the board categorically state who should be the chairman.

Appointment of Dr Babajide Salako, is no doubt, a violation of the statutory Act 11 of 2003 because he (Dr Babajide Salako) is not a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

There is established for the Council a Governing Board (in this Act referred to as the “the Board”) consisting of:-
(a) a Chairman who shall be a qualified Fellow of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria with 5 years post qualification experience and shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Minister from a list of the Fellows submitted by the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (in this Act referred to as “the Association”);

(b) a representative of Federal Ministry of Health

(c) twelve members of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria representing the six geopolitical zones, with two persons representing each zone respectively on rotational basis, and the two of them shall not come from a state at a time;

(d) two registered members representing Nigerian Universities offering medical laboratory science as a course, on a rotational basis;

(e) a representative of private Medical Laboratory Science

(f) a representative of the Association and

(g) a representative of a non-governmental organization with bias for health matters to represent public interest;

(2) Appointment of members of the Board shall be made by the President in consultation with the Minister and the Association.

The MLSCN is the regulatory body for Medical Laboratory Science practice in Nigeria. It is the practice of every professional regulatory body that only their professional colleagues who have attained the prerequisite heights can sit as the Chairman of the Governing Board.

This action is considered as an affront and unwarranted confrontation to medical laboratory scientists both at home and in diaspora. This will further deepen the already precarious relationships between the two noble professions.

There are many questions begging for answers. Which association gave the list of Fellows of MLSCN to the Minister?
Or did the Minister feel that Aappointment to the post could be used to pacify or compensate his childhood friend without due process and recourse to the Act of Parliament governing such appointment?

Is there nobody in the ministry who was bold enough to point at the lacuna to the Honourable Minister?

I plead with President Tinubu to look into this appeal with a view to correcting the anomaly in the appointment of the Chairman of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).

I also appeal to Medical Laboratory Scientists Nation wide and in Diaspora, to heed the call for calm by our National President, Dr Casmir and await the expected correction of the appointment by President Tinubu, GCFR.

It is absolutely clear, that no matter the financial resources government puts in the health sector, without cordial interprofessional relationships, the reformation of our dream will remain a mirage.