By Becky John
Mr Samuel Adeyemi, Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), UCH Ibadan branch, said on Tuesday that the Federal Government owed its members two months’ salary. Adeyemi disclosed this to the News men in Ibadan while fielding questions on the suspended JOHESU strike. He said health workers in Lagos and Osun states have been paid all their outstanding salaries to date, but that UCH health workers were yet to receive their December and January salaries including dues.
“The Federal Government has not paid our December and January salaries, respectively.
“Four months cooperative deductions and check-off dues were also outstanding.
“These monies are used to run cooperative loans for the health workers and this delay has affected many of our staff.
“Some have not paid their children’s school fees or house rents due to their inability to collect new loans or repay borrowed ones.
“We are all on ground working but we are not happy because we are yet to receive our salaries,” he said.
Adeyemi said even though health workers resumed work last Wednesday, the wards and theatres had to be cleaned and fumigated throughout the week-end.
“We call on the Federal Government to do all that is necessary to make them happy because we have done the needful by suspending the strike despite the fact that our salaries have not been paid.
“Starting from our salary structures, a table must be released and back by necessary circular.
“Previous agreement entered into must be honored and court judgment implemented,” he urged.