By Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja
The threat which was contained in a circular signed by the state acting head of service Mrs. Han- nah Lawal dated 4th May, 2017 indicated that the state government was doing whatever was needful to make sure that all salary arrears of cleared officers were paid within the shortest possible time without any further.
Recall that, the Kogi State
The circular with Reference number HCS/MISC/COR/01/ VOL.III/643 to the State Secretary National Association of residents Doctors reads in parts.
â€œI have been directed to inform all the staff under the Kogi State health Sectors that, the State Government is doing whatever is needful to make sure that all salary arrears of cleared officers are paid within the shortest possible
and not strike action.
â€œIn view of the foregoing, any
Staff of Kogi State that decides to go on strike is hereby notified that he/she will have his/her job at stake.
â€œThe policy of â€œNo work no payâ€ will be adopted for any worker that embarks on Strike Actionâ€.
Meanwhile, barely 48 hours after the Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association
directed its members to go on strike; health activities have been grounded in most hospitals owned by the Kogi State government across the state.
When our correspondent visited the Kogi State specialist hospital Lokoja, the ever busy male and female wards, Surgical ward, Labour ward, Children ward, Maternity Ward, Dental Ward and Eye clinic, Accident and Emergencies ward were empty.
It was discovered that, no doctor was on ground to attend to patients hence the need to discharge them for other private hospitals in the state.