Staff of Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency have staged a peaceful protest in Yola, demanding the payment of their outstanding salaries.
The protesting staff carried placards calling for the removal of the executive chairman of the agency, Dr Abdullahi Belel and the state branch chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, Mr Jeremiah Ngwakwar, for allegedly neglecting them.
Spokesman of the protesters, Mallam Halilu Ahmed said since the upgrading of the state primary healthcare department to agency, the staff had been left in limbo.
“Salary is not regular and we are yet to know our actual salary structure since we became agency staff two years ago; our salaries keep fluctuating,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed called on the state sovernor’s personal intervention to address their plight.
Reacting to the development, the executive chairman of the agency, Dr Belel said the workers were being owed two months salaries and the problem was caused by the dwindling monthly allocation for local government councils which are responsible for paying the agency workers.
Belel said the monthly salary bill of the workers was about N300 million and due to fall in monthly allocation to local governments the deductions made were not enough to pay; and on many occasions the agency had to borrow to pay.
Belel urged the workers to exercise patience, adding that the committee set up last week by the state government for local government staff verification was part of measures to address their problem.

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