Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Monday,
condemned the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, over the
sack of some doctors in the State civil service.

The NMA urged its members in Osun to discontinue any negotiation plans
with the governor until the action, which it described as ‘draconian and
obnoxious’, is reversed.

The medical association also called on its chapter’s governor, Ayodele Fayose, to
implement the revised Consolidated Medical Salary Scale to all doctors across board as being enjoyed in Ondo, Gombe and Ogun States.

A statement in Ado Ekiti on Monday by its Chairman, Dr John Akinbote, said it sounds rather unfathomable that a governor could act extra-judicially by sacking the doctor with intention to replace them with local doctors in this 21st century.

Akinbote warned Aregbesola and other governors, whom they alleged as harbouring sinister intentions against the doctors to exercise restraint, saying the heat the crisis between the NMA and government will generate could hamper
the good intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari to revamp the sector.

“It is disheartening that striking doctors, whose ego, personality and confidence have been seriously battered over the years as one of the lowest paid in the nation were incessantly threatened with sack until the unfortunate and unacceptable implementation on the 19th of February, 2016.

“It is suicidal and genocidal to accept the collection of half of the discouragingly poor and abysmally low salary by the doctors in the State of Osun.

“The immediate reversal of this discreditable and discourteous action
becomes necessary in order to allow for continued dialogue which will
ultimately find a lasting solution to the unpalatable impasse.

“This our demand becomes necessary in order to forestall the impending
worsening of industrial harmony in the health sector in the State of
Osun because the Southwest doctors as well as the nation are ready
to show deserved solidarity for our wrongly disengaged Hippocratic
brothers”, he further said.

Akinbote told Aregbesola to have a rethink, reminding him that such
actions had failed in other states with dire consequences on the
health sector and the popularity of such government.

The NMA boss told Fayose to implement CONMESS to ensure that
international standard of payment of medical practitioners is well
rooted in the state, saying the circular to this effect came to the
fore two years ago with government displaying nonchalant attitude
towards implementing it.

Akinbote called the attention of the government to the effect the
abandonment of the health sector would have on the morbidity and
mortality indexes in the state.