Doctors, ARD, Federal Teaching
Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State,
has clarified that the current
nationwide strike embarked
upon by its members was not
against President Muhammadu
The doctors pleaded with
Nigerians for understanding
over the
persistent strike by members,
insisting that the local
chapter of the association
would do everything to
ensure the implementation of
Consolidated Medical Salary
Chief Medical Director, Dr.
Majekodunmi Ayodele.
They noted that the inability
to pay CONMESS across board
was as a result of alleged
corruption and financial
misappropriation that have
pervaded the system, calling on
the security agencies to beam
their searchlights on the health
sector and bring those that are
killing the system to book.
The association, after its
emergency general meeting
of July 9 in Ido Ekiti, pleaded
for understanding in view of
the trauma being experienced
by patients as a result of the
industrial disharmony in the
health sector.
The resolution reached at
the meeting and signed by
its Chairman, Dr Otutoaja
Uzoma and General Secretary,
Dr Oladeji Ekundayo, accused
the hospital’s management of
using money earmarked for
the payment of salaries and
emoluments to implement
capital projects in the hospital.
The Doctors pointed out
that the situation in FETHI
would not have degenerated
to this sorry state, but for
the management’s alleged
nonchalant attitude to their
agitations, which bordered
on welfare of workers and
improved facilities.
Meanwhile, the CMD,
who berated the doctors
for embarking on incessant
strike, called on the Federal
Government to enact laws that
will criminalise such action,
adding that no system could
work effectively under the
carefree attitudes of the medical
practitioners to work.
Majekodunmi , who added
that the hospital remained
one of the most effective in
the country , owing to zerotolerance
for corruption
by management, said “the
templates for the payment
of CONMESS 2 have not
been released by the federal
government let alone releasing
money to pay.”
The resident doctors
catalogued ill-treatments in the
hospital to
include: “illegal withholding
of May/June salaries as against
FG’s directives as regards
upgrade of Doctors interns,
failure to refund remunerations
for examinations and revision
courses since 2012.
“The CMD has demonstrated
insensitivity to the payment of
our relocation allowances, 2014
promotion arrears, annual step
increment for all staff.”
The Doctors appealed to
Nigerians to prevail on the
CMD to pay full salaries to their
members to restore normalcy