Video: Doctors, Health Workers Protest 21-Month Salary Arrears at ABSUTH | #NwokeukwuMascot


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Aba, Abia State — Health professionals at Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) in Aba took to the hospital premises on Tuesday in a peaceful protest to express their discontent over the State Government's failure to address 21 months of unpaid salaries. These arrears were accumulated under the previous administration.

The demonstrators, comprising doctors and various other health workers, voiced their frustrations amidst the current economic difficulties. They warned that if the government did not clear the outstanding wages, they would commence an indefinite strike.

Comrade Chukwuemeka Ariwodo, Chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Association Union at ABSUTH, spoke during the protest, criticizing the State Government's handling of their situation despite their unwavering dedication. He implored the Governor to honor his commitments and clear the substantial backlog of salaries, emphasizing the severe hardships faced by the staff.

“Life has become extremely difficult for us due to these 21-month salary arrears,” Comrade Ariwodo stated. “If by the end of Tuesday, June 25th, 2024, we are not paid, the protest will continue indefinitely.”

He further reiterated their demands: “We are still expecting our 21 months’ arrears. If by the end of today, the Government fails to pay us, this demonstration will continue until they fulfill their obligations. We don’t understand the delay in our payment.”

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Dr. Isaiah Abali, Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Abia State, also spoke, lamenting the neglect of health workers despite their significant contributions and sacrifices. He expressed his disappointment with the current situation, highlighting the critical role of health workers, especially during these challenging times.

The ongoing protest underscores the pressing need for the State Government to address the grievances of ABSUTH staff promptly to prevent a potential indefinite strike, which could severely impact healthcare services in the region.


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