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Ondo doctors threaten industrial action over COVID-19 allowance, gives Akeredolu ultimatum

Medical doctors in Ondo State have threatened to down tools following the alleged failure of the state government to fulfil its promise of implementing the 50% basic salary as special COVID-19 hazard allowance for all.

The doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, NAGGMDP, Ondo State chapter who gave a 14-day ultimatum to the state government vowed to embark on industrial action.

On May 4, 2020, Governor Akeredolu had during one of his media briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state announced that all health workers in the state be paid 50% of their consolidated basic salary as hazard allowance in recognition of their service in the fight against the deadly disease.

Akeredolu had also added that all healthcare workers working directly in the Isolation Centre/Treatment Centre are to get an additional 20% of their 50% as special risk allowance, adding that they will also get a top-up lump sum from the funds of the PTF.

Reading the communique after the SEC meeting, the state Chairman of NAGGMDP, Dr. Aina Oluwafemi also disclosed that 2.5% was deducted from the doctor’s consolidated basic salary without prior notice.

According to Dr. Oluwafemi who accused the state government of refusal to implement adjustment of increment in the minimum wage to doctors and other health workers, said, the failure of government to meet their demands within the 14-days could result in stiffer actions from health workers.

Reacting over the development, the state Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, said “the sector, no doubt, is a very critical one and Mr Governor has always expressed his appreciation of their services.

“If there are issues that require attention, the government will not shy away from such. The responsibilities are mutual and inclusive.”

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