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Half Salary: We are in support of strike- Dental Practitioners dare Bello

The crisis between the Kogi State Government and its workers is taking a new twist as the National Association of Government General Medical and


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Half Salary: We are in support of strike- Dental Practitioners dare Bello

The crisis between the Kogi State Government and its workers is taking a new twist as the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, NAGGMDP says they are firmly in support of the impending resumption of the earlier suspended industrial action by the Nigeria Medical Association.

Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that the State Government on Thursday August 31 admitted to have paid some workers full salaries while others were paid 50% which was widely rejected by both labours and medical doctors in the State.

According to a statement jointly signed by NAGGMDP Chairman, Dr. Alhassan Abubakar and Secretary, Dr. Nuhu Topa Idris, the associations observe the move by the State Government to discriminate his work force in the payment of salaries is aimed at causing divisions in the health and entire work force of the civil service.

The statement reads in parts: “It's rather unfortunate that while the Muslim faithful are preparing for this year's eidul-adha celebration, the State Government chose to dash the hope of many colleagues by resorting to payment of half salary. The pangs of this reality were even made worse by the introduction of dichotomy in the health sector by Government. Doctors in Hospital Management Board, HMB and ministry of health were singled out for this unfair treatment. Colleagues in Kogi State Specialist Hospital, KSSH, the University and other tertiary institutions got full salary. It is most disheartening that our members are still being owed months of salaries arrears and underpayments ranging from 2 to 18 months. We in NAGGMDP support the full payment of salary to those so affected but reject, without equivocation, the payment of half salary to the rest of us. We view Government's current action as an attempt to introduce dichotomy in the health sector with the view to weakening the fraternity.” The statement added.

 


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