- Members of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) have urged the federal government for the payment of their withheld salaries
- The MHWUN claimed that salaries of its staff were withheld for two months by the federal government following the no work, no pay stance
- The union also urged the federal government to pay the four-month salaries of health workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri in Imo
The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate payment of the allegedly withheld two-month salaries of its staff following the “no work, no pay” position of the federal government.
Added to its demands, MHWUN also pleaded with the federal government that the four-month salaries of health workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, in Imo reportedly withheld because they exposed corruption should be paid, The Nation reports.
The national president of the union, Biobelemoye Joy Josiah speaking on the issues when Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Ahmed Idris visited its secretariat in Abuja, said: "I want to use this opportunity to plead with you because of the position of the office you occupy. We know you can help us out.
“Prior to the elections, this union and the Joint Health Sector (JOHESU) were tempted to make the situation very restive during that period. This is because the Federal Ministry of Health unjustly seized the salaries of our members under the guise of ‘no work, no pay’.
“And then we ask: if no work, no pay is a law, on the other hand, strike itself is also a law. So, if no work, no pay is a law, can it be bent for some persons in this federation?
“We are aware that some persons went on strike and the no work, no pay was issued and withdrawn. So, why should it be different for our own members, JOHESU members?
“Within the health industry, in November, last year, our members, medical doctors in LUTH, went on strike, just like we did in April and May, and they were paid.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria’s minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, had expressed sadness with the way doctors flee the country in search of greener pastures abroad.
Adewole said this on Thursday, May 2, days after his colleague in charge of labour, Chris Ngige claimed Nigeria had enough doctors to handle medical cases in the country.
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