- Interns at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital protest seven months unpaid salaries
- The interns said even though they have just five months to complete their (internship) programme, they have not been paid a dime since they started
- Lamenting the hardship they experience as a result of the unpaid salaries, they called on the state government to quickly come to their aid and pay them their salaries
Interns at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (Formerly Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital) staged a peaceful protest on the streets of Port Harcourt over alleged non-payment of their salaries by the state government.
According to one of the protesters who pleaded anonymity, the state government is owing them seven months' salaries.
"How can doctors and other health workers be owed for seven months? How are they expected to survive?" he lamented.
The protesters were seen dressed in their ward coats carrying placards with varying inscriptions all calling on the Rivers state government to quickly come to their aid and pay them their salaries.
The protesters included house officers, pharmacists, and medical laboratory scientists. They lamented they have not been paid a dime with just five months left to finish their internship programme.
They lamented how that have been going to work using borrowed funds. Some recounted how difficult it is for them to feed while others said they don't even have funds to rent accommodation and have to squat with friends under uncomfortable conditions.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state appealed to the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress (APC), to join hands with him in moving the state forward.
The governor made the appeal in a state broadcast on Thursday, April 11, to mark the landmark Supreme Court judgement striking out an appeal by Rivers APC.
Governor Wike, who promised to run an all-inclusive government, said the state stands to benefit more if all leaders are united.
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