Jigawa hospital workers decry non-payment of salaries, allowances

The Jigawa hospital is owned by the Nigerian government.

Staff of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Birninkudu, in Jigawa State, have complained of non-payment of their salaries and allowances in the last three months.

Some of the aggrieved workers, who spoke on Wednesday in Birnin Kudu, also accused the management of unilateral deduction from their salaries.

One of the staff who pleaded anonymity, alleged that they have been receiving half salaries in the last three months.

The medical worker expressed dismay over the situation, saying the management’s action had exposed them to hardships.

“We are highly disappointed because this is my first sad experience since I joined the centre,” he added.

Another staff of the centre said he has been forced to borrow money to meet his immediate financial needs due to non-payment of the salaries.

A medical doctor with the centre, who also pleaded anonymity, said that all his allowances had not been paid for the past three months.

“As I am talking to you now, no one has told us why our salaries and allowances have not been paid,” he said.

When contacted, the Chief Medical Director of the centre, Dauda Maigatari, dismissed the allegations as misleading.

Mr. Maigatari stated that the salaries and allowances of the workers were paid fully up to December 31, 2012.

“There is delay in the payment of January, 2013 salaries. The delay is everywhere.

“And this is not peculiar to FMC Birnin Kudu but affects all the tertiary and teaching hospitals across the country.

“For February salaries, we have under payment of 26 per cent. Our staff were therefore paid 74 percent of their salaries and whoever told you he is on half salary was not telling the truth,” he said.

He said the underpayment of February salaries was from the Federal Ministry of Finance.

(NAN)


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