Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has fired back at the protesting Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital chapter of the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, saying the state government will not bow to threats.
The Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital chapter of the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, had threatened to begin an indefinite strike if the Anambra State Government fails to increase their pay within seven days.
The doctors yesterday issued the state government a seven-day ultimatum to commence payment of higher salaries or face strike action. After they suspended their two-month strike in July.
The Chairman of the association, Dr Chukwudi Okani, at a press conference in Awka said they would go on strike indefinitely if the state government failed to meet their demands.
According to him, medical consultants in the institution receive smaller salaries than house officers in the federal medical centres in the South-East.
The MDCAN chief added, “Our ultimatum was due to the inability of the state government to implement the agreement it reached with us after the suspension of our July 8 strike.
“After the suspension of the strike, we agreed with the state government that consultants in the state and consultants in teaching hospitals should receive equal pay.”
He lamented that since the suspension of the strike, the committee set up by the governor had not submitted its report.
However, the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba, Obiano wondered why the doctors would threaten him with an industrial action when he had concluded arrangements to better their conditions of service.
The statement said, “The committee (set up by Obiano) was scheduled to hold its final meeting on October 29 before sending its report to the governor for consideration.”