‘Government not owing Doctors’ -LASG

The Lagos State Government, LASG on Sunday reiterated that it has paid the salaries of all its employees, doctors inclusive, as and when due.

Some doctors working in the State Government’s hospitals had early last week staged a demonstration alleging that the State Government owed them an unspecified amount of money covering their salaries for July and August 2014.

Lateef Ibirogba, the state commissioner for information, in a statement debunked the allegation, recalling that the complaint refers to the period during which the affected doctors went on strike adding that their salaries were not paid in accordance with the Government’s policy of “No Work, No Pay”.

The state government, he continued, “regrets that the period of the doctors’ strike unfortunately coincided with the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Lagos State pointing out that all entreaties to the striking doctors to see reasons and call off the strike were ignored.”

Ibriogba noted that a statement, jointly signed by Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. M.O. Salako and Chairman, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. O. Williams, clearly indicated that the state government’s policy of “no work, no pay” was still in force.

He pointed out that the policy was informed by the fact that it was unjustifiable for any worker to be paid for work not done maintaining that any group of its employees that embarked on strike in contravention of the laid-down procedures governing such actions would be so treated for the period of the strike action.

He restated the administration’s commitment to its responsibilities of protecting life and property in the state at all times.

“Government’s policy of ‘no work, no pay’ remains in force meaning you cannot be paid for work not done,” he said.

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