Federal Doctors protest unpaid salaries in Bayelsa, Vow to begin strike November 15

 By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Doctors attached to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, yesterday, protested their four-month unpaid salaries by the Federal Government.
The angry doctors vowed to withdraw their medical services on November 15 if the government failed to  pay the salary backlog.
The Chairman of the protesting group, Dr. Nonso Okoye, said they met with the management of the hospital to resolve the problem without success.
Okoye said the response they got from the management was discouraging and unsatisfactory.
The doctors carried placards with inscriptions such as, “our families are hungry”, “FG implement the no pay, no work”, “pay our salaries” and “we are hungry, MMM is becoming an option”.
They called on Nigerians to prevail on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to pay their salaries to enable them survive the recession.
Okoye explained that doctors at FMC were paid 52 per cent of their salaries from February to May but were owed September and October salaries.
He said: “We want the FG to pay us our monies. We have not withdrawn services. All we are saying is for the Federal Government to pay us for work done.
“Nigerians should prevail on the Federal Government to pay us. As much as we don’t want to withdraw our services, we have resolved to withdraw the services by 15th of November if nothing is done.
“We have met with the management but all they did was to pay us a month salary. They told us that the budget available cannot pay salary.”
When contacted on the development, the Chief Medical Director, FMC, Dennis Alagoa said it was not the fault of the hospital management.
But he said with the Tuesday’s statement by the President, the issues would soon be resolved.
He advised the doctors to shelve the idea of an industrial action insisting that the matter was on the table of the President.
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