Doc­tors in Ek­iti sus­pend strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Doc­tors at the Fed­eral Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, IdoEk­iti (FETHI) yesterday sus­pended their four-months old strike em­barked upon fol­low­ing dis­agree­ment with man­age­ment of the hos­pi­tal over wel­fare is­sues.

The doc­tors, in a state­ment, said they ended the strike “hav­ing con­sid­ered the plight of pa­tients and the re­lent­less in­ter­ven­tion by prom­i­nent, well-mean­ing and se­nior cit­i­zens of Ek­iti State in the in­dus­trial dis­pute”.

The state­ment signed by Dr Otu­toaja Uzoma and Dr Ekun­dayo Oladeji, said, “the as­so­ci­a­tion deeply re­grets the suf­fer­ing caused pa­tients by the strike”. They blamed the strike on what they called, “in­jus­tice and harsh work­ing con­di­tion by man­age­ment of the hos­pi­tal.”

They also held the man­age­ment of that the hos­pi­tal headed by Dr Lawrence Ma­jeko­dunmi “has not granted any of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s de­mands among which is the im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of skip­ping al­lowance for doc­tors as ap­proved by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in a cir­cu­lar from the of­fice of the Head of Civil Ser­vice of the fed­er­a­tion dated 19th De­cem­ber 2013.”

The doc­tors had also listed “im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new en­try point for House Of­fi­cers with ef­fect from Jan­uary 2015 as ap­proved and clar­i­fied by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health in an ex­plana­tory note dated 29th July, 2015.” Ac­cord­ing to them, Dr Ay­o­dele had agreed in a let­ter to im­ple­ment some of their de­mands and warned that “the in­dus­trial ac­tion will re­sume with­out any prior congress meet­ing in the event any of the res­o­lu­tions are not im­ple­mented.” A 40-year-old brick­layer, Priye Bernard was on Tues­day shot to death at Odi in Kolokuma/ Opokuma Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Bayelsa State by another man who al­legedly caught him hav­ing sex with his wife in a farm.

It was gath­ered that the late brick­layer fol­lowed the woman to the farm to harvest cas­sava, and was al­legedly hav­ing sex with her when her hus­band ar­rived.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the woman’s hus­band then shot the brick­layer with a lo­cally made gun.

Sources in the com­mu­nity said the corpse of late Priye Bernard had been de­posited at Ebidom mor­tu­ary in Odi.

It was gath­ered that the po­lice in Odi had ar­rested the wife of the Isoko man to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the mat­ter.

Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in the state, an As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, ASP, Asinim But­wats, said the com­mand was not yet aware of the in­ci­dent.

He how­ever as­sured that the com­mand would in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

Na­tional Leader of Third Phase Pres­i­den­tial Amnesty Pro­gramme, Fri­day E. Bu­rutu Jnr. (right)with the Na­tional Sec­re­tary, Lord Onipa, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence where the group gave the fed­eral gov­ern­ment a 5-day ul­ti­ma­tum to in­clude their mem­bers in the Niger Delta amnesty pro­gramme or face a mass protest, in Abuja yesterday. See story on page 11.

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