Breaking: Security men, cleaners protest non-payment salaries, lock UCH

Breaking: Security men, cleaners protest non-payment salaries, lock UCH

Security men and cleaners at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, has embarked on a strike, locking the two gates leading to the hospital on Monday, November 13.

The workers were protesting non-payment of their 11 months salaries by the hospital.

One of the workers, who pleaded anonymity, accused the Chief Medical Director (CMD), of the hospital, Prof Temitope Alonge, of deliberately withholding the fund meant for their salaries, Punch reports.

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She said: “We have endured for 11 months without salaries. Can the CMD endure a month without salary? But we are considered lowly in the ranks of staff of the hospital so our money can wait. We are vulnerable too because we hardly have any voice in the day-to-day running of the hospital.

“However, we are responsible for their security and hygiene. We open and lock the gates, clean the toilets and the wards. When they sleep at home, we look over the security of the hospital at night, daring the danger. But that is what we agreed to do when we applied, so there is no problem with that.

“Our line of work is difficult but highly important to the hospital. We deserve better than what we get. We call on the Federal Government to prevail on the hospital management to have pity on us.”

However, the hospital's chief medical director, was said to have explained to the striking workers that their salaries were not paid directly by the hospital but through an agency which the FG contracted the two departments to.

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The CMD allegedly promised to pay one month salary to the workers from the hospital’s Internally Generated Revenue pending the time the agency involved resolve the payment issues.

Meanwhile, had reported that in mid-July, the federal government announced plans to revamp 10,000 primary healthcare centres across the country to provide quality health service delivery, particularly to rural dwellers.

Three months after, Yekeen Akinwale embarked on a fact-finding tour of some contracts awarded for primary healthcare centres in four southeast states: Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi and Abia.

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