Association rejects appointment of Salako as MLSCN boss

The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists has rejected the appointment of Dr Babajide Salako as Chairman of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.

President of the association, Dr Casmir Ifeanyi, said at a press conference on Monday in Abuja that Salako’s appointment breached the Act setting up the council.

He therefore urged President Bola Tinubu to withdraw Salako’s appointment and nominate another qualified person to replace him.

Ifeanyi said Salako had not met the criteria for appointment to the position as spelt out in Section 3, subsection 1(a) of the Act CAP (M25) LFN 2004.

He said that the Act provided that the chairman of the council must be a “qualified Fellow of the council with five years post qualification experience.

“The person shall be appointed by the president on the recommendation of the minister from a list of names of the fellows submitted by the council (in this Act referred to as “the Association”).”

According to him, Salako’s appointment has not fulfilled any of the credentials enunciated in Section 3 of the Act.

Ifeanyi said that the association was shocked “at the brazen violation of the above section of the Law, without recourse to the list of names submitted by the council in compliance with the law.

“We call on the NASS to investigate the appointment of Salako as chairman of the governing board of MLSCN.

“The message conveyed by the purported appointment is simply that laws made by the legislature and duly signed by the president can be disobeyed by highly placed government officials only to achieve private goals.”

He also called on Tinubu to urgently correct the mistake by retracting Salako’s appointment and adhering to the law in announcing a replacement.


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