By Franca Ofili
The Disciplinary Committee of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN), has suspended one Dr Anthony Ugwu, for two years over alleged professional misconduct.
Prof. Mark Okeji, the Registrar of RRBN, said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
Ugwu is a lecturer in the Department of Radiography, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra and the owner of St. Michael Diagnostic Center, Nnewi, Anambra.
The Registrar said the board heard and determined a case against Ugwu, who was found guilty of contravening the code of conduct.
“Consequent upon the above, Ugwu has been suspended for the period of 24 months within which time he will cease from practising as a radiographer.
“He also ceases from being involved in radiograhy activities with effect from Aug. 5,’’ he said.
The registrar said that Ugwu was also ordered by the disciplinary committee to pay N1 million to offset the incidentals incurred by the board.
He said that Ugwu refused to honour invitations by the Investigative Panel and Disciplinary Committee of the board and had allegedly posted several derogatory remarks about the board to a fellow senior colleague.
Okeji said Ugwu also had circulated an official letter of the board not addressed to him on the social media.
He said the committee found such acts as disrespectful, abusive, insulting, unwholesome and unbecoming of a professional.
According to him, the committee is established by the same Act that established RRBN and empowered to receive and attend to cases of misdemeanors, indiscipline and misconduct among members.
He said the act also gave directives on the disciplinary measures that should be meted out to erring members in the country.
“This is to ensure that members of the profession conformed to the ethics of the profession,’’ Okeji said.
He said that the committee’s decision showed that the board had taken one step forward to perform one of its functions.
He said the decision was an assurance to radiographers, patients and the general public that radiography practice was safe and handled by qualified professionals. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Chidi Opara/Idris Abdulrahman