- The governor of Gombe state, Inuwa Yahaya, has suspended the salaries of all Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) staff
- Yahaya gave the order after 135 workers failed to physically appear before the verification committee
- The governor also directed that all PHCDA officials with non-relevant qualifications be transferred out
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Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has ordered the immediate suspension of salaries of 135 Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) officials, including 20 doctors.
According to The Nation, Yahaya gave the directive on Thursday, September 10, after the personnel failed to appear for verification exercise set up by the Gombe state government.
Yahaya gave the order while receiving the report of the verification committee whose duty was to verify the state's workforce.
The Gombe state governor went on to direct that all PHCDA officials with non-relevant qualifications be transferred out of the agency.
It was gathered that the payroll of the affected staff will be moved to other departments where their qualifications are needed within their respective local government areas.
Governor Yahaya further suspended the salaries of 20 medical doctors who were on the government’s payroll but not at their duty posts for a very long time and in some cases for years.
Back in March, medical doctors in Gombe state embarked on an indefinite strike despite the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
The action was taken by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) over what it described as unfavourable working conditions.
This was disclosed by Dr. Saidu Alhassan, president of the association, on Monday, March 16. He said that the doctors proceeded on strike after 11 weeks of inconclusive negotiations with the state government.
He also alleged that the government has refused to upgrade House Officers currently on internship.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following a meeting and agreement reached with the federal government, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended the nationwide industrial action.
The president of NARD, Aliyu Sokumba, made the confirmation while speaking to Channels TV on the evening of Thursday, September 10.
Sokumba disclosed that the union would review the progress made in talks with the federal government in two weeks.
The federal government and the doctors had on Wednesday, September 9, reached an agreement in a bid to end the industrial action.
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