East region: Hospital Director suspended for boycotting 11 February celebration preparationsAAU, FARIS Technology Group Sign Memorandum of Understanding

By Charity Nginyu

Tensions have escalated in the East Region, following the suspension of the Director of the Messamena District Hospital, Dr. Assamba Mpom Serge Auguste Paul.

The suspension comes amid allegations of boycotting work and preparations for the National Youth Day celebration on February 11.

The controversy traces back to a release issued by the Divisional Officer of Messamena, Minlo Yves Stanislas on January 23, 2024, where the Director was accused of absenteeism during a crucial preparatory meeting. The Divisional Officer demanded written explanations within a limited timeframe, sparking a heated exchange between the two parties.

Reacting to the accusations, Dr. Assamba Mpom Serge Auguste Paul vehemently denied any wrongdoing, alleging bad faith on the part of the Divisional Officer.

Despite his rebuttal, the Ministry of Public Health proceeded with disciplinary action, issuing a three-month suspension to Dr. Assamba Mpom Serge Auguste Paul on March 8, 2024. The suspension, effective immedi
ately, entails deprivation of basic salary until the Director’s reinstatement.

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On January 23, 2024, the Divisional Officer of Messamena issued a release accusing the Director of the Messamena District Hospital of boycotting work and preparations for the celebration of National Youth Day on February 11 without permission. The Divisional Officer demanded written explanations within 148 hours for the perceived absence during the preparatory meeting.

In response, the Director expressed dismay at the accusation, citing the delayed notification of the summons and asserting bad faith on the part of the Divisional Officer. He emphasized his professional integrity and refuted claims of negligence, stating, ‘I am neither your serf, nor contempt, or even disdain, and I will NEVER say it!’

Over a month later, on March 8, 2024, the Ministry of Public Health issued a three-month suspension to the Director, citing breach of professional ethics and conduct.

The suspension entails deprivation of basic salary unti
l the Director’s return to service.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa University (AAU) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FARIS Technology Group, one of the pioneer space education schools in Ethiopia and technical training center.

The MoU would have a paramount role for the two institutes in order to work together in the areas of technology transformation and entrepreneurship.

Signing the agreement, AAU Interim President Samuel Kifle said that the agreement will be crucial to enhance the ample potential of students and transform their innovative ideas into the industry.

The Memorandum of Understanding is also pivotal to empower the skills and knowledge of students as the private sector has a huge role, he further stated.

Finally, the Interim President stressed the need to work with high dedication to implement such significant agreement between the two sides.

Founder and CEO of FARIS Technology Group Elias Yirdaw said the FARIS Technology will support students with startups and researches as well as other spheres.

The MoU is al
so anticipated to exploit the abundant potential of students at AAU and create new job opportunities for the youth, it was indicated.

The agreement is part of the new strategic plan of the University following its recent autonomous status which focuses on collaborating with the private sector based on mutual benefit

Source: Ethiopian News Agency