Doctors in the employ of the Akwa Ibom State Government have threatened to down tools following the non-payment of over 15 months of their salaries.
The State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) broke the news in a communique issued at the weekend after the general meeting of the association held in Uyo, the state capital.
The resolution signed by state Chairman of NMA, Dr Augustine Umoh and Secretary, Dr. Aniekan Peter, said the decision to embark on the strike followed restiveness among members in the state government hospitals as a result of their unpaid emoluments.
The state NMA complained bitterly that, the State Government had employed and posted 61 Medical Officers to various hospitals across the state, but 15 months after the engagement their salaries are yet to be paid.
Similarly, the association fumed that 48 medical doctors equally employed by the state government as House Officers for internship in three hospitals about six months ago have also not been paid.
The NMA urged well-meaning indigenes of the state and the general public to help intervene and resolve the impasse amicably now, rather than waiting to blame the doctors when they are on strike.
By Okon Bassey
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