The Federal Government has been given a seven-day deadline by the Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes, and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) to pay arrears of hazard allowances owing to its members.
Following a two-day meeting in Calabar on October 12 and 13, the Association announced this in a statement signed by its acting chairman, Mr. Kabir Mustapha, and acting secretary, Mr. Joseph Ugwoke.
To prevent an industrial crisis in the healthcare industry, the association decided that it could no longer guarantee continuous services if its members’ outstanding debts were not paid in full within a week.
They said that despite numerous letters to the Federal Government, the payment had been delayed. They also claimed that the government had chosen to pay doctors in tranches of four and five months while ignoring other health professionals.
The association demanded the Federal Government to pay the remaining 40% of the COVID-19 Special Inducement Allowance, which is two months overdue for its members.
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“We demand that the remaining 40% of the two months’ dues for our members who received 10% inadvertently be reimbursed.
“The association also highlights the rate at which health workers, especially professionals, are leaving the country in search of brighter pastures with dismay.
They claimed that “this is because of the bad conditions surrounding our health facilities, the lack of consumables for health personnel to use, and the insufficient welfare packages.”
The group took advantage of the occasion to encourage the federal government to swiftly put into effect the agreement on the Consolidated Health Salary Structure adjustment made on September 30, 2017. (CONHESS).