Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, has suspended the entire staff of Ngala General Hospital for being absent from duty.
Governor Zulum, who is renowned for making unannounced visits to public institutions, was said to have paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital on Monday morning, but the entire staff under the government payroll were absent.
The hospital was manned by humanitarian workers of an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), managing hundreds of patients at the facility, including internally-displaced persons (IDPs) as of Monday.
The governor, on arrival, was received by a field coordinator of the NGO.
Expressing disappointment that no government paid staff, from doctors down to clerical staff, was at the hospital at 11am, the governor ordered the Borno State Hospitals Management Board to suspend all workers of the health facility.
The staff on suspension include resident medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians.
He said: “This is a General Hospital belonging to Borno state government. Unfortunately, there is no single state government staff here to attend to all these patients, and we promptly pay all of them salaries.
“These humanitarian workers from the iNGO (fhi360) are supposed to complement the state Government staff but not to completely take over the Hospital.
“I am directing the Borno State Hospitals Management Board, if there is any staff on the payroll of this Hospital, to immediately suspend all the workers on government payroll. I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today.”