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  • Updated: May 07, 2023

NMA Tasks Otti On Doctors’ Salaries, Arrears

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Abia State has tasked the incoming Governor of the state, Alex Otti to clear off medical doctors' salary arrears.

They urged the incoming Governor not to toe the path of his predecessor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu.

Speaking at the 63rd Annual General Conference (AGC) and the Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM), of the body in in Jalingo, Taraba State, the association expressed at the incumbent governor of Abia State who they alleged relegated medical doctors to the background.

The National President of the body, Dr Uche R. Ojinmah, stated; “We are hopeful that the governor-elect for Abia State shall not work in the bad ways of his predecessor, who was [unconcerned] about the welfare of Abians.”

The association, according to Dr Ojinmah, is optimistic that the incoming governor will be responsive to public servants in the state.

“We know that as a specialist in finance, you will understand how the implementation of not paying civil servants in a civil service state affects the chains of the economy of that state."

He also lamented the alleged lukewarm attitude of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom toward doctors’ and civil servants’ remunerations in their respective states, advising them to go back to the drawing board “and kindly listen to their doctors and workers.”

“It is an anomaly to be proud of salary arrears; we called on Ortom, the governor of Benue State, to remember that leaving behind eight months’ salary arrears of our doctors will be a terrible legacy.”

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