Re­trenched Kad­poly guards de­cry non-pay­ment of ar­rears

Kebbi 4thwith new­born deaths - UNICEF

Weekly Trust - - News - Maryam Ah­madu-Suka Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna Lami Sadiq, Jos Jude Aguguo Owua­manam, Ow­erri & Is­mail Ade­bayo, Birnin Kebbi

About 650 se­cu­rity per­son­nel em­ployed un­der Lynx Se­cu­rity Con­sul­tants Lim­ited by Kaduna Polytech­nic have protested the non-pay­ment of over four months’ salary ar­rears af­ter they were The Plateau State Po­lice Com­mand has said an al­leged mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Univer­sity of Jos and Naraguta, its host com­mu­nity did not lead to ten­sion as ear­lier spec­u­lated.

Daily Trust re­ports that the Sarkin Naraguta, Engi­neer Mo­hammed Bello Ahmed had told jour­nal­ists that the re­cent own­er­ship of a brick fac­tory by Univer­sity of Jos and at­tempt to de­mol­ish al­leged The Man­age­ment of the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Ow­erri, has de­nied re­ports that some new­born ba­bies died at the hospi­tal while some strik­ing mem­bers ofJoint Health Staff Union (JOHESU) were pick­et­ing. sacked eight months ago by the new Rec­tor, Pro­fes­sor Idris Bu­gaje.

The chair­man of the com­mit­tee con­sti­tuted by the re­trenched staff, Dan­ladi Audi, said each staff is be­ing owed N60,000, amount­ing to N39 mil­lion.

“There was no warn­ing, all we heard en­croached struc­tures by the po­lice had cre­ated ten­sion be­tween the in­sti­tu­tion and its host com­mu­nity.

How­ever, Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, ASP Ty­opev Terna said the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice had sent the DPO in charge of An­guwan Rogo to the area with a court or­der de­tail­ing how the peo­ple had en­croached on the land which now be­longs to the in­sti­tu­tion.

ASP Terna said last week’s visit to the area by the po­lice did not lead to vi­o­lence.

Some of the union mem­bers were re­ported to have gone to the hospi­tal to ward off staff that re­ported for duty de­spite the in­dus­trial dis­pute be­tween the union and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of the hospi­tal, Jac­inta Achonu, told our cor­re­spon­dent on Fri­day, that though there was a scuf­fle was that we have been sacked and our re­place­ments had al­ready been drafted to the school,” he said.

When con­tacted, the Bur­sar of polytech­nic, Garba Ya’u Nabayi said: “I as­sumed of­fice as bur­sar of the Polytech­nic in Jan­uary this year, so I am not aware.”

‘No ten­sion be­tween UniJos, host com­mu­nity’

Kebbi State has been rated fourth among states with high­est cases of new­born death in the coun­try. Zam­fara, Gombe and Ji­gawa states were in the first, sec­ond and third po­si­tions in the UNICEF new­born mor­tal­ity rank­ing.

The UNICEF Chief of Health, Dr San­jana Bhard­waj dur­ing a one-day Tech­ni­cal Con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing by the state Min­istry of Health in Birnin Kebbi said Kebbi State recorded 32,514 deaths of chil­dren un­der the age of five yearly.

She added that there was steady drop in Nige­ria’s mor­tal­ity rate and the case of Kebbi was wor­ri­some.

The Com­mis­sioner for Health, Al­haji Umaru Us­man Kam­baza said it was clear that all is not well with the health sec­tor in the state, given the in­dices.

No baby died at FMC, man­age­ment says

be­tween some se­nior staff and strik­ing union mem­bers, the is­sue was re­solved when a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at­tached to the hospi­tal alerted his men for re­in­force­ment.

JOHESU chair­man, Imo State, Nzen­wata Fran­cis Iheanach, con­firmed the in­ci­dent but said it has been brought un­der con­trol.

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