The National Vice President, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Comrade Onuh Edoka has called on the Kogi State governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to henceforth begin the full payment of health workers salaries in the local government with immediate effect.
Comrade Edoka made the call weekend at the inauguration of caretaker committee for MHWUN, Kogi State chapter.
He said local government workers under CONHEALTH have been receiving 50 percents salary, while that of the state were receiving 78 percent.
Edoka who is the immediate past chairman of MHWUN, Kogi State chapter explained further that, the leave bonus of workers in the State was last paid in 2013 adding that the promotion of worker in Kogi state have not been Implemented since 2010 saying “every other one that has been done is who knows who and through the back door”.
“These workers are still having their promotion in their hands without being cashed back. We there call on government to consider our members and implement their promotion. It is becoming worrisome for one to be on the same salary for over nine years with the present harsh condition of the nations economy.
“The journey under us was able to put in place a structure to ensure happy salary structure was paid to our workers on option C comfortably. Despite all the struggle then that the government did to us, we were able to migrate from option C to what we are having today CONHEALTH.
“Comrade, as we enjoin the salary structure for quite sometime, the government begin to make it very difficult especially at the local government level to enable them to enjoy their 100 percent. Hence they cut the salary structure and implemented and from that moment upward they started paying us salary in percentage.
“I will say it clear that the salaries that are paid in percentages is better off than what is used to be. We have witnesses to salary payment at 15 percent, 20 percents and 30 percents. But as I speak to you today at the local government level, the salaries are been paid at 50 percent. However, it is not enough to say what we earn at 50 percent as our salary is justifiably”
“Comrade it is important to let you know that in 2009 when I became the chairman of MHWUN Kogi State Chapter, comrade Ojakpa Yusuf handed over to us on the 17the of September 2009 and the leadership union of MHWUN started.
“It is important I let all of us know that the first regime ended up in October 2015 with the new one commencing from 2015 till December 2019.
“I see today as a very special and unique day, and most happiest day believing that anything that has a beginning, must have an end. I am therefore happy in the journey so far, we have been able to add value to MHWUN in Kogi State,” he said.
Comrade Edoka while pledging his support and non interference in the newly inaugurated committee, said under his leadership as MHWUN chairman in Kogi State, workers welfare was prioritized, new secretariat were built in some local government across the State, as various brands of vehicles worth million of naira were purchased for the union.
He tasked the caretaker committee to be united and shun any act that will be capable of bringing the down MHWUN in the state.
The newly inaugurated caretaker committee are Gabriel Amiri, Chairman, Alilu Adejo, Vice Chairman, Kashim Agbonika, Treasurer, Badams Kadiri, Trustee, Ajisafe Oluwatoyin, PRO and Salawudeen Yakubu, Auditor.
In his acceptance speech, the newly inaugurated caretaker committee chairman, Gabriel Amiri promised to uphold the success recorded by the previous administration.
He noted that the challenges faced by labor leaders in the country are real, serious and many stressing that, the they will operate the union within the ambit of the law.
The caretaker chairman assured that the union under his watch will operate an open and participatory unionism.
Solidarity messages were however delivered by Tony Oghahbon Deputy Secretary General , MHWUN, State chairman Trade Union Congress, Vice Chairman, NLC Kogi State, Comrade Meliga Obaka, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Chairman, Comrade Ranti Ojo, former Chairman, MHWUN, Alhaji Yusuf Ojakpa, and State Secretary MHWUN, Mrs Rose Momoh.
Highlight of the event includes commissioning of new vehicles purchased by the immediate past chairman of MHWUN and presentation of N500,000 cash gift for Yagba West secretariat of the union.