Some retirees of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hoapital (ABUTH), Shika, Zaria appealed to the Federal Government to settle their entitlements.
Malam Isiyaku Abubakar-Kwarbai, who spoke for the retirees made the plea in an interview with Journalist in Zaria, on Thursday.
He explained that they had a misunderstanding with the hospital management sometimes in 1995 which led to workers unrest.
This according to him, had led to agitation for change in the leadership of the hospital.
He recalled that in October 1995, the hospital workers took to the street and protested against the then management.
“This had culminated into violence, thereby leading to the death of the then Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Adeyemi Bamidele-Bandipo.
“Following this development, many people were arrested and detained for quite a long period of time on standing trials.
“However, a court in Kaduna found us not guilty, therefore, we were discharged and acquitted,” he said.
The complainant said when democratic government came into power, they channelled their complaint to the National Assembly.
Abubakar-Kwarba said after thorough investigation, the senate was convinced and reached a decision, compelling the authorities of ABUTH to pay the affected staff all their entitlements.
He lamented that despite the intervention of the National Assembly, yet nothing was done, adding that some of the affected workers have died.
“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene and compel the authorities concern to pay the affected workers their entitlements.
When contacted, the CMD ABUTH, Prof. Lawal Khalid recalled that when the incident happened in Oct. 1995 many people were arrested and taken to court.
“The first court delivered judgement and condemned all of them to death but the judgement was appealed and the Appeal Court decided to quash the case.
“But of course it took a very long time before the processes were completed. Even after the judgement, the affected staff couldn’t come back to work.
“There were many interpretations of which I cannot interpret for them, but one thing for sure was that they were happy at the end of the day they escaped the death sentence,” he said.
Khalid said the hospital had no case with the affected staff.
“As far as we are concerned, we have no case with this category of retirees, we don’t owe anybody anything,” he noted.
The CMD said he went to the National Assembly two or three years ago and made presentation before the senate on the issue.
He added that at the end, the senate took a decision that the hospital management should arrange for the entitlements of the affected staff and forward it to the appropriate authority.
“As far as I know, we don’t owe anybody anything but they should forward their complaints to Pension Transitional Arrangements Directorate (PTAD.)”
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