Ogun University Teaching Hospital workers issue 3-day ultimatum to Government over N2bn debt Post on NEWS WATCH by Odedina Taofeek

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The hospital workers will hold a congress on April 29.

The Joint Health Sector Unions of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, have issued a three-day ultimatum to the government to off-set N2 billion salary debts it owed the workers.
The body comprises the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Senior Staff Association (SSA) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

They gave the ultimatum on Wednesday in Sagamu at a news conference.

According to the Chairman of the health workers union, Abiodun Ojabello, the debts include March 2011 salary deductions and the 17 months Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Scale (CONTISS) arrears.
The other debts are 13 months Consolidated Health Salary Scale (CONHESS) arrears and the Contributory Pension Scheme.

He blamed government’s insensitivity to the dilapidated state of the teaching hospital in spite of the 21-day ultimatum and another seven-day earlier given.
The body observed that the failure of government to constitute a hospital board also hindered the smooth running of the institution.

They listed other agitation to include action on shortage of staff, lack of modern infrastructure and equipment, erratic electricity supply, 2011 and 2012 promotion of workers.

Chairmen of the various unions in their various submissions, said there was need for government to come to their aid urgently.

They said the hospital was strategically located on two major federal high ways and warned against impending epidemic, if the government failed to quickly intervene in the matter.

“The Ogun State Government owes the university workers an outstanding debt of over N2 billion which we believe is long overdue and we are asking for our legitimate entitlement,’’ he said.

Mr. Ojabello threatened that if government refused to listen to their grievances, the unions would abide by the outcome of the congress at the expiration of the ultimatum on April 29.

The Chairman of NANNM, Funmilayo Sholarin, said that the 248 nurses in the hospital were not enough to take care of about 1,000 patients that needed medical attention on a daily basis.

The NASU Chairman, Emmanuel Akinleye, said the crisis, which had been on since 2009, had persisted due to the inability of government to dialogue.

Mr. Akinleye added that the management used generator for not less than 18 hours daily, thus spending millions of naira on diesel monthly.

(NAN)

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