Lagos issues eviction notice to sacked doctors

The Lagos State government has issued letters of eviction to all the dismissed medical doctors living in the state government’s staff quarters. 

In the letter from the Office of the Head of Service dated May 8th and signed by L.A Shoyemi, Secretary, Staff Housing Board; the doctors were asked to vacate the state government quarters allocated to them “immediately.” 

“Consequent upon your dismissal from the service of the Lagos State government with effect from 4th May, 2012, and in accordance with the Civil Service Rule 13115(a)… 

“No officer shall continue to occupy state government quarters after the date on which his resignation/dismissal takes effect,” stated the eviction notice. 

It also directed the doctors to submit the keys to their quarters to Mr. Shoyemi to “forestall forceful eviction.” 

Reacting to the development, Johnson Emene of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) said that they have told their members “not to panic.” 

“You know Lagos State passed the Tenancy Law and with that it is in favour of the tenant, in this case our colleagues are tenants and Lagos State is the landlord,” said Dr. Emene, Lagos NMA’s First Vice Chairman. 

“As we said during the first meeting, we said members should not panic. Information will come out that seems as if the world would end. 

“So they have given us till tomorrow. We are meeting. 10 a.m. tomorrow. The (NMA) president is meeting with the governor. Within the next 13 hours, we are going to know the outcome, so don’t let us rush. 

Section 12 of the Lagos Tenancy Law signed into law in August last year by the state governor, Babatunde Fashola, stipulates the notice to be given by either party to determine the tenancy.

 One week notice for a tenant at will; one month notice for a monthly tenant; three months notice to a quarterly tenant; and six months notice for a yearly tenant. 

However, the law states that in the case of a tenancy for a fixed term, no notice to quit shall be required once the tenancy has been determined by effluxion time. 

And where the landlord intends to proceed to court to recover possession, he shall serve a seven-day written notice of his intention to apply to recover possession, according to the law.  

Phone calls and text messages to the state’s Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, were neither responded to nor replied. 

“Nobody is moving out, nobody is being harassed out of the house,” Dr. Emene said. 

“They have received notice, yes, but we have told everybody ‘stay where you are’  “Nobody is coming to evict you between today and tomorrow,” Dr. Emene added. 

At the resumed congress of the Medical Guild on Thursday, the doctors listed three minimum demands they have presented in their  negotiation with the state government. 

The demands were that the query and sack letters must be withdrawn, the disciplinary committee instituted by the state dismantled, and there must be no punitive measures against them; whatever agreement entered must be signed by the government, the Guild, and the NMA (as a witness); and that CONMESS must be paid in full. 

“Our position is very clear, we won’t accept any humiliation or disrespect of our members or our profession,” Dr. Emene said.





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