Members of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday appealed to the Lagos State Government to pay up withheld emolument of doctors under the state’s employment.
Tope Ojo, chairman of the association at a press briefing in Lagos expressed worry that the state government withheld the emoluments of its doctors for the month of August and September 2014 as a result of the July NMA nationwide strike.
Ojo who noted that other states, including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT had complied with the agreement that led to the suspension of the 55-day old nationwide strike to pave way for peace and further negotiations regretted that “only Lagos State is yet to comply with the agreements.”
“The sack of resident doctors was reversed and all outstanding emoluments had been paid as agreed which led to the suspension of its strike. It is worrisome that till date the Lagos State government has held on to the emoluments of its doctors for August and September. Also, May 2012 salary is being withheld till date in spite of several appeals. This made the State Government the only state that has not complied with the general agreement.’’ he said
Ojo further argued that the strike action was not at the instance of the Lagos State employed doctors but at the instance of the parent body of the association.
According to him, we do not want to have an impression that the State government harbours ill feelings against it doctors.
He appealed to Fashola, the state governor to use his office to enable the payment of the withheld emolument of doctors employed in the state.
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