Strike: Accusing us of being used by politicians is surprising, unacceptable- NMA

The Kogi State Chapter Nigeria Medical Association, NMA has refuted the claims from the Kogi State government that the


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Strike: Accusing us of being used by politicians is surprising, unacceptable- NMA

The Kogi State Chapter Nigeria Medical Association, NMA has refuted the claims from the Kogi State government that the over two month strike by medical doctors is politically motivated.

Recall that the Kogi State Commissioner for Health Dr. Saka Audu in a media chat on Tuesday March 13 said the lingering strike action by the State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association was political, adding that the State Government would be ready to work with those who are ready to cooperate with them, but also ready to let go of those who are engaging the State Government in a political warfare.

NMA in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Godwin Tijani on Wednesday March 14, noted that Doctors are asking for improve welfare and not being used by politicians as projected by its employers.

“The crisis started in December 2016, several strikes were called and later suspended with the hope that the government will do the needful with no tangible success. MoU were signed but not honoured by the government. The same government that  doctors have showed understanding with by calling off strikes despite working without salary for months will now come up to accused us of being used by politician, this is surprising and unacceptable” he stated.

The Chairman maintained that the crisis between striking doctors and the government still lingers due to Irregularities in salary payment for doctors as 10 doctors are still owed salary ranging from 4-15months.

He also pointed out that there is gross underpayment of salaries to doctors with some collecting N35, 000 per month which according to him is unacceptable.

Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that other issues raised by the striking doctors includes: No promotion and annual step increment for several years, failure of the government to implement Revised CONMESS, Payment of 60% August to December 2017 Salary to doctors while implementing 100% tax deduction from the same salary, retirement of senior doctors yet to attain the statutory age or year of retirement,  implementation of No-work-No-Pay policy in the ongoing strike by not paying doctors January 2018 salary and employment of Corps doctors to Secondary and Tertiary Health facilities to replace the striking doctors. 

NMA in Kogi State has been on strike since January 7, 2018.

 

 


Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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