Doctors beg Oyo govt over half salary

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Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

Olufemi Atoyebi

Members of the Association of Resident Doctors,
Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital,

Ogbomoso, have called on the Oyo State Governor,
Abiola Ajimobi, to pay them full salary like other
health workers in the state instead of the half
salary they have been receiving.
The plea was contained in a statement signed by
President of the association, Dr. Sebastine Oiwoh,
and its General Secretary, Dr. Ayobami Alabi,
which was issued on Saturday.
The association decried the singling out of its
members for the treatment by the state
government, saying that it added to the poor
financial situation of members who were being
owed arrears or salaries.

The statement said, “We beckon on the listening
ears and tender heart of our Governor Abiola
Ajimobi, not to single our members out amidst
other health workers in the Oyo state civil service.
All other doctors and health workers in the state
civil service are receiving full salary.
“They have been paid full salaries from January to
March 2016, while we received half of the
payments made. We want to appeal the recently
implemented decision to pay only doctors and
other staff of LAUTECH Ogbomoso 50 per cent of
our salary after being owed for seven months.”
The association said since its members rendered
full services to save lives and contribute to the
development of the state and the teaching hospital,
they deserved full salaries.
The doctors acknowledged that the state
government had done well by establishing the
teaching hospital, but that it had, however, reneged
on its promise in the area of funding of residency
training.
The statement further said, “It has also reneged on
the installation of some essential equipment,
delivery of equipment by contractors and
completion of infrastructure to match the blue print
of the hospital. The university, in future, won’t be
able to train medical students who would become
medical doctors as accreditation would be lost
from paucity of needed specialists.
“The masses and entire citizenry would have been
denied this dividend of democracy and good
governance and this implies worsened health
indices, decimated productivity and by implication,
a poorer economy in this period of recession.”

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