LUTH - A Haven Of Corruption And Mismanagement

By Wale Mogaji -Surulere, Lagos.

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is always in the news for the wrong reason. We all remember the Baby Eniola saga, when an infant was given HIV-infected blood. The then Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Tolu Odukoya did not the take decent administrative step of resigning, he was forced out by the Federal Government. We thought we had seen the end of inept and incompetent management, but the current CMD, Prof. Akin Oshibogun has surpassed every inglorious index of mismanagement and corruption.


As I write, the multi-million Naira water project awarded by his administration has never supplied water to the hospital. It is a shame that while the newer plants do not work, the old water plant still functions, though the output is inadequate for the hospital. The hospital has consequently been taken over by “mai ruwa” of Idi-Araba and Mushin. It is common sight to see them pushing their jerry cans of water into the hospital complex. No one knows the source of the water being sold to patients and staff alike. The essential nature of water to healthy living and treatment of patients has not moved the CMD to take actions to ensure adequate water supply to the hospital. What manner of professor would have to be told that water is life?

The power situation in the hospital is a sad commentary on the gross incompetence of the CMD. It is common for the whole hospital complex to be in total darkness with the exception of the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Centre. Patients are treated in the wards in this dark situation! Little wonder, avoidable deaths have resulted from this situation. Night duty nurses are seen with torchlights fastened to their heads with scarves to provide semblance of light! The CMD definitely uses alternative power supply in his house. Only him can explain why he is not bothered or moved by this situation considering that some patients are in critical condition and need to be monitored periodically.

Nothing brings out the gross incompetence and indifference of the CMD than the situation where the hospital does not have necessary equipment (forceps, thermometer sphygmomanometer etc) for effective patients’ care. While lower level hospitals are using digital thermometer, LUTH still uses manual thermometer. A manual thermometer costs seventy naira, yet LUTH that charges for anything and everything does not have sufficient number for her use. It is so bad that some nurses now come to hospital with personal thermometer. Treatment of patients requires that a patient should have thermometer by its bedside. The thermometer is used only for that patient to prevent cross infection. But, in the present situation the same thermometer is used for several patients after cleaning with disinfectant!

Similar to the above scenario is the absence of bed pans. Ideally, each patient should have a bed pan. In the current situation, the same bed pan is used for several patents with the attendant risk of hospital acquired infection. Patients who recognize this risk and could afford the cost have opted to buy their own bed pan from Mushin and keep same under their bed.

The hospital currently runs a policy of “admit patient into any ward there is space”. With this policy, a medical case patient can be admitted into surgical ward when the medical ward is full. This policy is actually not to prevent patients from being turned back because the ideal ward to admit them is full. It is actually to maximize revenue, because where a patient cannot afford the initial deposit for admission, the same patient is turned back. The complication arising from this thoughtless policy is that doctors are never aware that they have patients in other wards outside the normal wards such patients should be admitted. Nurses are often times calling doctors to come and “see” such patients. Treatments for such patients are consequently not timely and effective.

As a practice, patients with HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis are put in the last bay of each ward to screen them from other patients. But the practice has since been abandoned as a result of the above patient admission policy.

The CMD recently had a running battle with the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria, the body statutorily charged with regulating the teaching and practice of Nursing and Midwifery. This was because the CMD contracted the conduct of the entrance examination into the School of Nursing to a contractor which is against the rule of the Council. Why would a teaching hospital with world-class experts and expertise contract such examination out, if not to siphon money? The Council demanded the CMD apologize for the infraction and threatened not to index the new students.

As a result of the delay in complying with the demand, the School of Nursing currently does not have any Year One students! What manner of Professor would not know the power and roles of professional regulating bodies?

The printing press of the hospital no longer works. As a result, there are no investigation forms, treatment sheet, continuation sheet and other essential stationeries. Case files are consequently filled with all manners of papers rather than hospital branded papers.
The laundry service of the hospital is privatized and yet the service is so terrible that there are no bed sheets for patients. It is common to see patients sleeping on bare mackintosh! A visit to the hospital wards will reveal this pathetic and unhygienic situation.

Just like the laundry service, the kitchen is privatized and is run by Tetrazinne. Patients are charged 750 naira per day for meal. The quality of the food is not ideal for patients. It appears no one supervises Tetrazinne to ensure the food meets the need of patients. Meanwhile the hospital has a policy that does not allow patients to bring food to the hospital. Nurses are torn between enforcing this policy and ensuring patients do not eat food that would adversely affect their treatment or recovery.

Just as hospital services have degenerated, staff welfare has fared badly under the CMD. The CMD has never paid salary earlier than 7th of the following month. This is the same LUTH where Prof. Debo Adeyemi as the CMD was paying salaries before the end of the month. It is on record that Prof. Debo Adeyemi gave essential commodities of rice and groundnut oil to staff during his tenure. Virtually all the good legacies left by Prof. Adeyemi have either being destroyed or bastardised.

The current CMD actually scored an inglorious goal when he paid February 2012 salary on 20th of March 2012! He did not pay until the staff called a strike that day. Pray, where had the money been? It is on record that the CMD always travels when staff salaries are due. No one knows when he would pay the March 2012 salary.

Religious festivities do not even move him to pay. He had not paid October 2011 salary as at 6th November 2011, the day of Eid-il-Kabir to enable Muslims celebrate sallah. He definitely would not pay March 2012 salary on time for Easter celebration. Does this man know God at all? And this man works for a government that stated early this year that salaries would be paid by 20th of every month. How come he has not been reprimanded?

It appears all bad policies are first implemented in LUTH. For instance, all staffs promoted since last year October are yet to receive salaries due their new status! As if this was not bad enough, a letter was recently given to staff downgrading them by one level! The explanation given was that it was directed by the Federal Ministry of Health. When staff called a strike to protest the bad policy, the management succumbed and reversed the action. Is the Federal Government or the Minister of Health aware of this?

Tax is another area that LUTH management has been less transparent. For six months last year, staffs were surcharged for what was claimed to be “under payment” for tax. Yet, when some staffs went to collect tax certificate, it was discovered that LUTH management has not been up to date in remittance. In February 2012 salary, junior staff paid as much as ten thousand naira (N10,000) as tax and senior staff paid twenty-five thousand naira and above (N25,000). Governor Fashola needs to ask the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service to go after LUTH to establish the tax liability and remittances.

The CMD has gone beyond mismanaging internally generated revenue to tampering with staff salaries with frivolous deductions under the guise of circular from God knows where. Are staffs not entitled to see such circulars (if such actually exist), and in the case of tax, use the guideline in such circulars to compute their taxes to confirm accuracy and correctness? The CMD needs to be answering questions from EFCC and ICPC as to what he does with the internally generated revenue.

If truth must be told, LUTH is currently worse in service than a cottage hospital. The Federal Government needs to investigate how rotten the hospital has become, that has made it impossible to meet its obligation to patients and staff alike.

Wale Mogaji Surulere, Lagos.

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CMD pls resign

we are not trying to pull you down but most of you are uncommitted. If i take a survey of why most of you became doctors, it was for the status and money. You doctors are absolutely shameless and a big disappointment. LUTH is a morgue and not a hospital, if you go there healthy you will definitely fall ill due to the dirty environment. CMD please change or resign

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Mrs nwawolo U̶̲̥̅̊ are a liar!When d wrath of God comes I pray U̶̲̥̅̊ willnot eat out of it! Stop lieing where is their march salary today is 11th of april!Fear God!

A lie? I can testify to many

A lie? I can testify to many of the issues raised here oga.

CMD u berra change b4 nemesis catches up wif u

All ђat wole wrote is like d milder version of wats happening in luth
The CMD has poor management skill, pls cud γφυ ask him y he's taskin all interns doin deir clearance 200naira @ d medical library and even issued a circular 2 dat effect,who does dat? A lot of dem re just visitin d library 4 d 1st tym on d day of clearance nd γφυ force dem 2 pay 200naira 4 signature nd stamp...tinz re nt done d̶̲̥̅̊α† way,if γφυ want pple 2 contribute its different 4rm coercing dem 2 pay...he shud better refund d money bak 2 all d̶̲̥̅̊α† av paid nd use internally generated fund 2 take care or manage d facilities *nonsense*
He has nt finished managin luth he wants 2 b the minister of health *good riddance*

like father like daughter

Y won't γφυ support nt disappointed @ all, gud man in deed..a gud man d̶̲̥̅̊α† issued a circular 2 collect 200naira from staffs (interns nd house officers wen doin deir clearance @ medical library 4 bOoks d̶̲̥̅̊α† were nt collected,a lot of dem whom were just visitin d place 4 d 1st tym on d day of deir clearance..wats d 200naira 4 seriously
Pls maam if γφυ d☺̣̣̥̇ŋ't av anyfin 2 say pls just kip shut like serzly
*straight face*


LUTH Pensioners are also suffering from the hardship of the present Management of LUTH. They have not been paid arrears of 31months pension despite the various verification exercises that have been conducted by LUTH to identify ghost pensioners. The Hospital is fast decaying and the Federal Govt, Minister for Health, EFCC, House of Assembly should check up LUTH to sanitise the hospital. CMD, let the old pensioners benefit from the sweat of their past labour. They are crying out for their pension arrears to survive the hardship in the country!

Pensioners in LUTH are sufferin

The Pensioners in LUTH have not been paid their Pensions. There is an arrears of 31months of unpaid Pension to these Old people that have worked so hard in their lives as civil servants despite the fact that verification exercises have been carried out yearly to remove ghost pensioners. Minister for Health should for crying out lOUD get EFCC to check up LUTH as well. Nigeria is ours. We need to eradicate corruption and flush away the bad eggs in this country

a lie and rubbish

the whole of information given is a lie against the good man of my CMD and the fervent services of our Dear LUTH





i fone my friend for luth

i fone my friend for luth and he said they neva paiy them.meaning no salary for them to do easter. WE CAN FURTHER SEE THAT WALE HAS HIS FACTS


Wale has raised a lot of fundamental issues and should not be swept under the carpet,and no one should misinterprete him.his point is not about paramedis versus d doctors but that the so called cnter of exellence does not have basic functional instruments,patients spend more time in d clinics and on d bed as operations are cancelled for lack of water light,etc.i heared the man doesnt pay salary until the following month,na wah ooooooooooo. Oga cmd let d labourer see bread to eat on time so that,no wonder some of the doctors and nurses look so unfed. PLEASE I APPEAL TO YOU TO CHANGE FOR BETTA BEFORE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST COMES

havent been paid

havent been paid yet
meanwhile check luth is crap on youtube for video evidence before defending our dishonorable prof

let's call a spade a spade and not an agricultural tools

Its very obvious LUTH is now a shadow of itself maybe we have forgotten so soon this same LUTH use to be the pride of the nation, its a pity now its a reproach to the nation. I am clinical staff at LUTH, its very obvious the life of the patient does not matter to the LUTHs administration, most wards don't have important resulcitative materials like amble bag E block is an example, no screen, no thermometer the ones in use are bought by the worker. Its not too much if an hospital like LUTH should have a descent place for the patient relatives. patients work to the theater sometimes because the lift is not working, the bed sheet are not enough on admission patients often lie on the bed without cloth. Let us not defend what is not right, the management should thank God the Nigerian of now a days are not legal conscious if they do the case of baby eniola is very minor compare to cases that would have erupt if Nigeria are legal conscious

Akin Osibogun is a Professor

Akin Osibogun is a Professor of honour who has the interest of LUTH at heart and has been involved in a lot of public -private partnership for promotion of health in Lagos,i dont know the reasons behind this image destructive articles.

@LUTH is dead

Obviously u don't undastand medical practice,do not misinform the public.Many patients also come to LUTH from UCH and vice versa.Patients goes to several hospital in search for disease that has no cure thereby moving from one hospital to anoda.Don't try to
Sing UCH song whose CMD goofed by appointing a consultant
Nurse following a bedroom matter.

yes, good things abide in

yes, good things abide in luth but bad things overwhelm them. the CMD is a typical nigerian politician like the james iboris and alamesieghas. he ia as professional as mrs cecilia ibru. the constructions you see around are useless when basic amenities are lacking.they are pipes for siphoning funds. this is a man who would throw away resident doctors if they failed to pass their exams within the stipulated time, without prompting, but will foot drag till eternity when it comes to issues of promotion, several months after passing. my prayer is that global news agencies like aljazeera or cnn will come and cover luth secretly some day, may be then this government will see the need to investigate this maladministrator

Nothing will work in Nigeria

Nothing will work in Nigeria with d level of corruption, except nature.



LUTH is dead but can still live again

@ good things abide in LUTH, it is obvious u hv bin paid to defend the CMD. LUTH is a big joke, LUTH is dead. I work in UCH and I hv seen countless of patient leave LUTH (DAMA) just to come to UCH. even patients know LUTH is dead, matter of fact, patients who reside in Mushin are in UCH. so pls stop defending what is not. we cn all see for ourselve, its not about paramedic. it is d obvious truth.

1. these new residents dont

1. these new residents dont get their totatl benefits i.e update course fees , they are over taxed and dont have tax return forms despite requests, they have no accomodation,they get paid late

2 luth still has a low nurse to patient ratio icu has 4:1 when it should be 1:1 wards 30:2
3.personnel who go on training dont get paid their allowances as is due in other centers and only a few actually get sponsored by the management.the others source the funds themselves
4.the knidey transplant was done withthe aid of egyptian doctors who were honest enough to warn luth on progressing with other transplants till some basic amenities vis-a-vis power water surgical instruments were made available
5. admission to splill over costs 50k and the standards have dropped precipitously, no airconditioning , no water, no back up power
6. doctors were recently burgled on campus losing their prized possesions while at work

The matter wey wale de talk

The matter wey wale de talk about,make govment investigate d matter and make dem deal with d Oga so that poor people go enjoy te hospital

Shameless CMD

Rather than address issues of corruption and incompetence, I heard the CMD is "sniffing" around to identify the author of the article. Shameless man. Why not change your attitude and leave a legacy that people familiar with LUTH will always reference as a benchmark for good administration. Is it not a shame that almost 15years Prof. Debo Adeyemi left as CMD of LUTH, he is still the benchmark for good administration.
Let the CMD prove the author wrong by paying staff salary on time. He is so deep into all the evils of "interest on deposits" that such admonition would not move him. Ole!
Let all your "supporters" continue their solidarity with evil and wickedness. Whether you like it or not, on the day of reckoning, no supporter will avert the consequences of your actions. Turn a new leaf, it is not too late. Remember, you shall soon be referred to in past tense.

@J.J Iruobe

@jj iruohe. You talk about LUTH performing a successful heart transplant, when some of their patients die of malaria and complications from blood transfusion. I liken your statement to someone drving a Range Rover sport, but does not provide food money to his family. If you can discern it.

I think Abidoye has said it

I think Abidoye has said it all ,what we need in LUTH is change of attitudes by members of staff towards services ,putting your man there would not solve the problem but attitudinal change by all. Mogaji and chaiman should know that delayed in payment of salaries ,NEPA supplying LUTH WITH 8 hours electricity in a month go beyound anybody ,which am sure they know where the problems lie.


Obviously you are not a doctor ,if not you would have known why everybody wants to work in LUTH ,over 20,000 applicants applied for residency employment last year and over 30,000 applied for nursing job .Which other teaching hospital do you have such a large number of applicants and you are sitting there with Wale misinforming the public ; Have you done your analysis to know how much government gives to all these hospitals every year'
let me remind you that this your vendetta mission will not take you anywhere. To destroy others because your chairman was suspended for not coming to work and doing fraud, God will help you if that is the way you think we can move Nigeria forward'