Activities of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital Ado-Ekiti were today disrupted for hours following a peaceful protest embarked upon by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU.
During the protest, the main entrance of the Hospital was locked to prevent people from gaining access into the Hospital promises.
The protest which started around eight o ‘clock in the morning lasted for two hours.
The protesters who carried placards with different inscriptions such as ”Remit our deductions, ”Pay our cooperative deductions”, ”Save EKUSUTH from collapsing” among others also chanted solidarity songs to show their grievances.
Addressing newsmen, the JOHESU Chairman, EKSUTH Chapter, Mrs Omotola Farotimi alleged that various deductions and entitlements have not been remitted by the Management of the Hospital for the past eleven months.
Mrs Farotimi said that nonpayment of the outstanding deductions had affected the social and economic life of members.
She also called on Governor Kayode Fayemi to address the issue of inadequate subvention to the Hospital, lack of equipment and infrastructure, non promotion of some workers and renovation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
In his solidarity message, Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in Ekiti state, Mr Kolapo Olatunde sympathised with the Health workers and appealed to the state government to take urgent step to address their demands.
Also, the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Ekiti State chapter, Mr Sola Adigun and his Joint Negotiating Council, JNC counterparts, Mr Kayode Fatomiluyi assured the Joint Health Sector Unions of their support in achieving meaningful result.
In his reaction, the Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Professor Kayode Olabanji appealed to the protesting workers to go back to their duty posts in the interest of innocent patients who are receiving treatment.
Professor Olabanji gave assurance that all the requests of the workers would be attended to by the management without further delay.