Resident doctors in Ondo State have begun a three-day warning strike over non-payment of their salaries.
The health workers who commenced the strike on Monday said they are being owed four months’ salary arrears by the state government.
The spokesperson of the medical personel, Taiwo Olagbe, said the doctors would go on an indefinite industrial action if the government fails to respond to their demands by Monday.
He said: “Our situation has reached the crescendo that we have to ventilate our matter to the people of the state and well-meaning Nigerians who can talk to the power-that-be to come and do something before the whole situation escalates.”
“We can’t be subjected to mental torture when it comes to issue of our salaries. As we are talking today being November 2, 2020, we are being owed four months’ salaries. We keep asking ourselves if this is how we are going to continue in this vicious circle?”
Addressing the aggrieved health workers, Adesina Akintan, who spoke on behalf of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Ondo State University Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTHC), Akure, said the irregular payment of salaries at the teaching hospital is due to paucity of funds.
“I am not representing the government of Ondo State, but I will speak on behalf of the local management of UNIMEDTH. It is not a happy thing that salaries are not regular. We equally know that the challenge we face as a country, as a state and as a local management is paucity of funds,” he said.