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Osun NMA writes Aregbesola over unpaid salaries, allowances of Doctors

imageOsun State Branch of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Friday wrote an open letter to the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, over unpaid six months salaries and other welfare packages for its members and other workers in the state.
In the letter signed by the chairman and the secretary of NMA Action Committee, Dr R.A Adebayo and Dr Adeola Ajibare, the body stated that medical doctors and other workers in the state had been in agony over the failure of the state government to pay them their salaries.
According to the Osun State NMA, two previous letters dated 2nd April and 24th April, 2015 to the governor had not yielded any positive result, a situation that forced the body to issue an open letter over the matter.
The state branch of NMA regretted that despite efforts made by the association to broker peace over the matter, the state governor “was unexplainably unavailable for mediation and dialogue with all negotiating teams, both at the state and national levels.”
The group explained further that a meeting called at the instance of the state Head of Service with the National President of NMA, Dr. Kayode Obembe and the chairman of NMA, Oyo State branch, Dr. M.B Olatunji, in respect of its ultimatum issued to the state government on the matter led to the discovery of many other issues.
The state NMA explained that it discovered that Osun State had received monthly revenue from the Federation Account up till March, 2015 although there was a general reduction occasioned by the dwindling fortune of the national economy.
The NMA said that “despite the non-payment of six months salaries to doctors and other civil servants in Osun State, contractors and political office holders have been the beneficiaries of the available revenue that accrued to our state from the federation account”.
The body criticised the state government for what it called misplaced priorities in resource allocation and distribution, saying “this situation has adversely affected the welfare and well-being of not only members but the entire citizenry of Osun State.”

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