Protests Rock UCH Over 11-Month Unpaid Salaries
There was gridlock at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, on Monday, because of protest by security men and cleaners.
Bounce News learnt that they were protesting against the non-payment of outstanding salaries.
The protesting workers, it was learnt, locked the two gates leading to the hospital which made both patients and staff of the hospital have trouble entering their various offices and wards.
As early as 7am, both roads leading to the hospital became impassable with hundreds of other road users, including workers heading for the state secretariat trapped in traffic.
Some patients who had early appointments at the hospital lamented the situation, saying it was worrisome.
One of the protesting workers, who pleaded anonymity, accused the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Temitope Alonge, of deliberately withholding funds meant for their salaries.
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"We have endured for 11 months without salaries. Can the CMD endure a month without salary? But we are considered lowly in the ranks of staff of the hospital, so our money can wait.
“We are vulnerable too because we hardly have any voice in the day-to-day running of the hospital. “However, we are responsible for their security and hygiene. We open and lock the gates, clean the toilets and the wards.
“When they sleep at home, we look over the security of the hospital at night, daring the danger. But that is what we agreed to do when we applied, so there is no problem with that.
“Our line of work is difficult but highly important to the hospital. We deserve better than what we get. We call on the Federal Government to prevail on the hospital management to have pity on us," she lamented.
Investigation reveals that the hospital CMD had explained to the striking workers that their salaries were not paid directly by the hospital but through an agency which federal authorities contracted.
It was learnt that Alonge promised to pay one-month salary to the workers from the hospital’s Internally Generated Revenue while efforts would be made to ensure speedy payment by the agency involved.