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Casual Workers Lock Down FMC Makurdi, Demand For Accumulated Take Home Pay

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Some casual workers at the Federal Medical Center, Makurdi, Benue State capital locked down the hospital in demand for their monthly stipend which has accumulated to over two years.

The casual workers who comprised of security and cleaners barricaded the entrance to the hospital at Apir permanent site of the hospital explained that the security men were owed two years and nine months for cleaners.

Speaking with Journalists, one of the protesters, Mr Anijaba Mtomga, who said he was security/supervisor at the hospital explained that they decided to lock down the hospital because the management was owing 24 months salaries.

Mtomga said that they had tried everything within their powers to make the management pay them their monthly emoluments but regretted that all their efforts in the past were not successful.

‘the management keep saying it is the Federal Government that has not released money for our emoluments  and this is running to two  complete years that we have not been paid”

“Even we understand that the hospital provides essential services to the people and we have  exercised patients and understanding with the management, we can no longer continue like this, we have families and other  responsibilities to attend to” he said

Also speaking, Mr James Akase,  a cleaner  Supervisor said that they were being owned  nine months salaries by the hospital adding that the situation was “really tough for them  to bear”

But one of the management staff, Mr Moses Atime, a Deputy Director, Nursing Services said  that the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services was responsible for the payment of all out-source staff within the health sector.

“The management is aware of this particular issue and all hands are on deck to resolve the issue. Already the Managing Director is on his way to Abuja to meet with the Ministry over the same issue”

“The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services is responsible for their payment. They are not on our payroll”, Atime explained.

Also the Deputy Head of Clinical Services FMC, Makurdi, and Apir Site Coordinator, Dr Matthew Ocheifu disclosed that the nonpayment of salaries to the outsource workers had posed a serious security challenge at the centre.

Ocheifu explained that workers needed a secured and peaceful environment to render effective and quality healthcare services adding that the situation at the moment has affected their service delivery.

“In any organization security is paramount because if we don’t have peace we cannot be able to settle down and deliver the services we are supposed to deliver. This has really affected us in terms of service delivery”.


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