Fifty (50) medical practitioners endeavor the Nationwide Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Borno State on Monday stormed the federal government home demanding instant cost of their over 5 months allowance.
DAILY POST experiences that the corps members, who comprise 2018/2019 Batch B, 2018/ 2019 Batch C and 2019/ 2020 Batch A, threatened to not vacate their lodging to make room for his or her incoming colleagues if the federal government failed to satisfy their calls for.
Dr. Azi Cornelius, who led his colleagues throughout the peaceable protest in entrance of the Maiduguri authorities home, mentioned his members had made frantic efforts to get the authority to offset their month-to-month allowance however all fell on deaf ears.
The pissed off corps medical personnel defined that they had been left with no possibility than demanding the instant cost of their month-to-month allowance, which ranges between N100,000 for docs and N 50,000 for different well being staff.
“The previous governor, Kashim Shettima introduced cost of N100,000 to every of the medical NYSC docs and N50,000 to different medical corps members within the well being sector, sadly, the cost has stopped for some time now.
“We have now 64 docs and different medical corps members which brings our whole quantity to 190.
“We are here to intimate the Borno State Governor of our unpaid stipend. We have written different letters, we even threatened to stop work until two months was paid but the summary of all is that most of us will be passing out on Thursday and we have between five to six months unpaid stipends, we want the government to pay us,” Cornelius mentioned.
The medical corps members chief added that his members represent over 50 per cent of the medical workforce within the state and have been discharging their duties successfully and effectively. He urged the Borno authorities to not discourage different corps members with non-payment of allowance.
“The most demanding thing is that most us do calls – but unfortunately we sleep in the hospital without food. It’s regrettable to say that we lost a corps member last year, Dr Ike Stephen, he had worked for 72 hours, he died while crossing the road to buy watermelon to eat,” Cornelius revealed.
Nonetheless, the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Well being, Alhaji Mustapha Alau mentioned the Governor has already directed the Ministry of Finance to pay the corps members.
“I’m going to the office now to effect the governor’s directive, but for now I cannot confirm the number of months to be paid,” Alau mentioned.