Medical Doctors in Kogi State Begin Strike

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi on Sunday directed its members to resume strike on Monday over an alleged failure by the state government to meet their demands.

The Chairman of the association, Godwin Tijani, said in Lokoja that the state government has been unable to pay the full salaries of the medical doctors in the state and this is quite unacceptable. And at the same time the state government have been meddling in the funds due to the association as Tijani alleged that union dues as well as members’ cooperative society contributions were not remitted in full whereas 100 per cent taxes were deducted from their salaries.

According to Tijani, even some doctors are yet to be paid.

“Congress, therefore, resolved that all its members across the state should resume total and indefinite withdrawal of healthcare services from all hospitals in Kogi, with effects from 12:00 midnight on Sunday, Jan 7, 2018.

“We want government to give a definite time line for the full implementation of adjusted CONMESS (new salary structure) for doctors in the state civil service and the accrued arrears since January, 2014.

“Congress will reconvene once the state government responds appropriately to the aforementioned demands,” he said.

Tijani, however, appreciated the commissioners for Health and Finance and others, who were at the congress to douse tension and ensure peaceful resolution of the matter.

He also commended their members for their patience and understanding.

The Kogi NMA had initially gone on strike in mid-2017, which was later suspended on June 22, 2017, following the state government’s assurance that it would meet their demands.

It had given the government up till December 31, 2017, to meet the demand or face strike.

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