Lagos NMA Appeals to Assembly over Unpaid Salaries



The Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday appealed to the state House of Assembly to intervene on the refusal of the state government to pay the August salary of residents doctors.

The body appealed through a letter which was read on the floor of the assembly by the Clerk, Ganiyu Abiru, calling on the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to pay the doctors’ salary in the interest of peaceful co-existence.

The letter which was signed by the chairman and the secretary, Babafemi Thomas and Tope Ojo respectively of the medical association, stated that various bodies in the state had embarked on strikes in the past and their salaries were paid.

The medical body however wondered why the state government would refuse to pay their entitlement as laid down by law.

In his comment, the Deputy Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, said “the issue raised by the NMA is valid,” adding that the assembly should endeavour to look into it critically.

Abiru therefore added that before final pronouncement would have to be made, the House Committee on Health should be mandated to carry out thorough investigation.

Leader of the assembly Ajibayo Adeyeye, recalled that sometime last year the residents doctors in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) were not paid one month salary, saying the House should urgently look into it to “avert another industrial unrest.”

In his ruling, the Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who presided over the plenary directed the House Committee on Health to investigate and report back in a week’s time.

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