Lagos government seizes doctors’ August salary over participation in NMA strike

Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola

The Lagos state government has seized the August salaries of doctors in its hospitals for participating in the recently concluded Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, strike.

All doctors working in government owned hospitals downed tools for almost two months over 24 demands they wanted the federal government to address.

Some of their demands included: the government improving residency programme in Nigeria, increasing doctors’ hazard allowances from N5,000 to N100,000 and improving facilities in hospitals all over the country.

The doctors agreed to call off the strike because of the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria but on the grounds that no doctor would be punished for participating in the strike.

Unfortunately, while doctors in other states have settled back to work, those in Lagos State owned hospitals are lamenting the seizure of their August salaries for joining the strike.

Unrelenting, the doctors have written several letters to the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, appealing for his assistance.

In the four letters made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the doctors appealed to the governor to come to their rescue.

In one of the letters dated September 17 and titled: Re: Letter of Appeal for Members of Medical Guild, the Lagos state NMA appealed for the intervention of Mr. Fashola in the situation.

“We write this letter as a follow up to our previous letter dated 9th September, 2014 in which we appealed for your intervention on the above subject matter.

“Our colleagues in other states have received their emoluments for the period of the national strike. As a leader with listening ears, we are hopeful that a favourable response on the issue will be received from the government.

“We have the assurance that your rare gesture of magnamity will re-enforce a more positive relationship between the Lagos state government and its medical doctors” the letter read.

In another letter dated September 15, the doctors appealed to the Lagos governor to stop the casualisation of medical doctors in the state’s employ.

In the letter titled: Casualisation of Medical Doctors in Lagos State and Payment of Two Months Outstanding Salary, the NMA said the casualisation of doctors was an unethical and unhealthy development considering the high level of trainings doctors undergo.

The medical body said the act should not exist especially as Nigeria had a shortage of medical practitioners.

They told the governor they would be grateful if the employement of such doctors were regularised.

“Your Excellency sir, we believe that as a professional, you will critically look into this towards regularising their appointments. The NMA will be eternally grateful if this anomally can be addressed.

“We also believe that if this is not nipped in the bud, it may spread to other states and result in further unrest in the already charged health sector,” the group stated.

The governor however has yet to respond to the letters.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Fashola did not seize the doctor’s salaries, it is just that the govt is broke. It is operation deliver Tinubu, so all monies are geared towards that direction for now

    • Omo Eko

      Funny but true.

  • emmanuel

    Nigeria would move faster in developmental strides if this kind of approach is adopted to tackle national issues.

    Unfortunately, some people climb on the back of union leaders to frustrate this country. The NUT leader is one of such callous person that must be dealt with too. He has always offered himself as an instrument of political mischief.

  • chidi

    My Dear Oluwasanjo, please when you decide to contribute to issues of national importance I sincerely implore you to be frank and unbiased. For the fact that Dino went to EFCC with Saraki’s wife doesn’t and wouldn’t make him loose focus and misrepresent your constituency ok. It’s what you can do to assist a friends wife. Besides the senate weren’t in secession as @ the time he went to EFCC with Saraki’s wife.
    So tell your pay masters that this piece wouldn’t sell ok. Dino has proven to be a man of his words and integrity. If you hadn’t any trust in him you wouldn’t have voted him in.

    • absam777

      Are you from Dino’s constituency or are you his handbag? The guy wrote clearly as a someone from his constituency and you come here to rant. Your posting is arrant nonsense. One missing point that the Mr Oluwasanjo forgot to add is his right to collect signature within his constituency and instigate the recall of the senator turned body guard. He should consider this if Mr Dino is still exhibiting his arrogance. Senator my foot.

    • javscong javscong

      Chidi, if any one has a “paymaster” it is you. Typical of people from your part of the country; being paid agents like the “Kanus” of this world. Dino is a pretentious and sanctimonious rogue just like the Saraki he is “house boy” to. Go and get yourself a life.

      • chidi

        Probably you v got NO life because if you do u wouldn’t be telling some one to go and get a life.

  • SlimmyRonky

    Get what Oluwasanjo is saying right @Chidi,from d look of ur response,it is u dt has a pay master let me rephrase it for U “Handbag Carrier” he did not only escorted her………….

  • gboromiro

    Ignore that busy body.

  • I am from Dino’s Constituency and let’s get this very clearly; There are some personal attitudes of Dino Melaiye that I do not like but I can confidently state that Dino can represent and fight for the demands of his people anytime anyway.

    We know what is happening presently in the senate house. I read EFCC’s statement and I was baffled. Why on earth would EFCC say they are calling Toyin Saraki now for offences she committed while her husband was in office. What Changed? Haba!!! Saraki left office close to 6 years ago, enough time to have brought up these issues. Why Now? Someone like me will never believe in the genuineness of this interogation. It would have been better for them to even invite her when everything has been settled.

    Dino Melaiye would not have followed Saraki’s wife if not for the timing by EFCC (A sign of witch-hunting). Look I know Dino Melaiye to some extent, not personally though, he is ready to confront anybody for whatever reason he believes is not right. The way he does that, you may not like. Why on earth will more than 3 Senators follow this woman to EFCC if not that they felt the invitation is as a result of their what is happening in the Senate.

    Saying Dino Melaiye was Jobless until recently shows your ignorance of who he is. Everybody already knows Dino was a politician, before the BBOG campaign, and was going for the senate seat and before that time he was occupied with other activities. BBOG campaign never won any election for Dino in Kogi state. Smart Adeyemi was in the senate for 8 years without something to show for it still wanted another four years.

    How Dino Melaiye manages his family affairs is non of your business what you can fight against is beating his wife(Mike Tyson picture you depicted) which I read in the dailies like you. You however failed to tell us Dino denied ever beating his wife in all social media accounts associated to him. So who do we believe, You or Dino.

    We have voted for Dino for serious business, he should also fight against whatever he believes is going to have direct or indirect impact on his personalty as he represents us.

    @nairanote on twitter