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BACKGROUND

The Legal Unit of the Hospital came into being following the approval of the Board of Management for the establishment of the Unit at its 143rd meeting held on Thursday, 8th June, 2006 in the Hospital Boardroom. It was precisely under the sub head, BM Paper 1766 with the caption, ESTABLISHMENT OF A LEGAL UNIT IN THE HOSPITAL.  The Unit was carved out and given statutory accommodation in February, 2008. Personnel with legal background were thereafter deployed to the Unit. It was candidly a smooth take-off.

The Unit, after take-off, sourced for a clue as to its modus operandi since it could not exist in a vacuum. The Presidency, (National Hospital, Abuja), Academia (University of Ibadan) and the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja were contacted for oral and documentary details in this regard. After due consideration, the Management resolved that the most appropriate of all three (3) was the Federal Ministry of Justice. In the light of the above, the Federal Scheme of Service, Public Service Rules and other related documents and matters that will enable the operations of the Unit, its personnel and nomenclature to be in tandem with what is obtainable in Ministries/Departments and Agencies was applied.

However, the Management under the leadership of Prof. Temitope Alonge, approved the upgrading of the Legal Unit to a full department effective from the 29th of September, 2016. The pioneer head of the Unit in person of Barrister Omoniyi Ajayi is also the Pioneer Head of the Department and he remains the Head of the Department till date.

The Department (when it was a Unit), took off with three (3) legal personnel and two (2) support staff (a secretary and clerical officer). At present, there are eight (8) lawyers, three of which have been seconded to the Procurement Department, Total Quality Management (TQM) Department and PPP (Public Private Partnership) Department, respectively.

 

The Legal department has successfully sensitized the UCH community of its existence and has performed the functions listed below:

  • Serving as an in-house solicitor and legal adviser to the Board of Management.
  • Interpreting provisions of the enabling law of the hospital (Decree no 10 of 1985) which set up the hospital and its effect on the day-to-day running of the hospital.
  • Advising Management on all relevant laws, decrees and edicts affecting the operations of the hospital.
  • Assisting in drawing up guidelines and procedures for registering contractors that have applied to be registered with the hospital (This is a continuous exercise).
  • Liaising with relevant government departments and agencies on matters that affect the hospital particularly in the area of taxes, customs and excise duties, medico-legal matters to mention a few.
  • Liaising with ministerial/extra-ministerial departments/agencies (where such need arises) on all legislation affecting the activities of the hospital.
  • Representing Management in Court related matters.
  • Training and sensitization of both clinical and non-clinical members of staff on medico-legal issues.
  • Advisory capacity on matters relating to staff conditions of service viz-a-viz existing labour laws in Nigeria.
  • Serving as member(s) of the following constituted committees within the Hospital:
    • ACTU
    • Arbitration
    • Panel of Enquiry
    • Procurement Planning Committee
    • Management Tenders Committee among others
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