Doctors in Kogi state have registered their grievance with the state governor Yahaya Bello after he claimed to have borrowed N10 billion in order to pay salaries as they are still being owed several months of unpaid salaries.
“In Kogi state today, we are up to date as far as salary is concerned. In the month of December like Mr President magnanimously assisted us with another tranche of Paris Club Refund, our own figure was N1.2 billion and some other change on top,” Bello had told reporters after meeting with President MuhammaduBuhari in Abuja.
“We didn’t just stop at that, we borrowed up to N10 billion and we added November/December allocation to our figures and we were able to clear four months at a stretch before Christmas and some leftover were cleared before this January in Kogi state.
“We were able to distribute it among these months. So, glory to God as far as Kogi state is concerned, we are not owing salaries.”
The doctors have now resolved to shut down hospitals if their salaries arenot paid as the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has given the doctors the go ahead to protest by way of strike for their salaries that have been withheld by the government.
Chairman of the association Godwin Tijani said on Sunday that it was unfair for the government to withold salaries. A deadline was also given to the government to respond to their demands after which they will come to a conclusion in how to move forward.
“Congress, therefore, resolved that all her members across the state should resume total and indefinite withdrawal of healthcare services from all hospitals in Kogi, with effects from 12:00 midnight on Sunday, January 7, 2018,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“We want government to give a definite timeline for the full implementation of adjusted CONMESS (new salary structure) for doctors in the state civil service and the accrued arrears since January 2014.
“Congress will reconvene once the state government responds appropriately to the aforementioned demands.”