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FMC doctors embark on strike

Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja has embarked on a three-day warning strike over non-payment of shortfalls in their salaries.

The decision of the doctors to embark on the warning strike was agreed upon at its emergency congress held on Monday.

The President of the association, Dr Adejo Arome, while addressing the congress, said that the strike became necessary because money meant for payment of the salary shortfall had been paid into the hospital account in December 2019 but was not disbursed.

He said that “though the Acting Medical Director of the hospital was willing to pay the arrears, he was advised otherwise by Mr Bako Achi, one of the hospital’s heads of Account.”

Dr Arome explained that N20 million was released by Federal Government to pay the resident doctors the December salary shortfall arrears but the money had not been paid.

He noted that the doctors had resolved that until concrete evidence was given to them, the strike would go on.

Dr Arome said that in spite of the acting managing director’s directive that the money be paid, the hospital account section had yet to pay.

He explained that nothing tangible had been done to prevent the strike, “except the document signed by the hospital managing director directing the Accountant to pay the December shortfalls.”

The president of the association said “we would only back down on the strike if we received alert as evidence of payment for the December 2019 salary shortfall arrears.”

Reacting to the allegation, Mr Achi said it was not in his place to react to the allegation made by the resident doctors, that the hospital management would handle it.

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