Resident doctors at the Ondo State University Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTHC), Akure, have embarked on a three-day warning strike over non-payment of their salaries.
The health workers who began the strike on Monday. According to them the state government owed them four months’ salary arrears.
Recall, there was a protest initially, their spokesperson, Taiwo Olagbe said the doctors had threatened to go on an indefinite industrial action if the government failed to respond to their demands by Monday.
He said, “Our situation has reached the crescendo that we have to ventilate our matter to the people of the state and well-meaning Nigerians who can talk to the power-that-be to come and do something before the whole situation escalates.”
“We can’t be subjected to mental torture when it comes to issue of our salaries. As we are talking today being November 2, 2020, we are being owed four months’ salaries. We keep asking ourselves if this is how we are going to continue in this vicious circle?”
Adesina Akintan, speaking on behalf of the Chief Medical Director (CMD), while addressing the workers said irregular payment of salaries at the teaching hospital is due to paucity of funds.
“I am not representing the government of Ondo State, but I will speak on behalf of the local management of UNIMEDTH. It is not a happy thing that salaries are not regular. We equally know that the challenge we face as a country, as a state and as a local management is paucity of funds.”