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Benue: FMC Staff Protest Over Non-Payment Of Two Years’ Emolument



Benue: FMC Staff Protest Over Non-Payment Of Two Years’ Emolument

 Workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, on Tuesday locked down the facility over non-payment of two years’ emolument.

The workers who comprise security guards and cleaners and were protesting the non-payment of their two years’ stipend locked down the facility from 8 a.m. to about 9:27 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Gleamer News reports the casual workers had barricaded the entrance to the hospital at its permanent site situated at Apir, the outskirts of Makurdi, the state capital.

They told our correspondent that while the security men were being owed for two years, cleaners at the facility were being owed nine months.

Anijaba Mtomga, a security supervisor, who was among the protesters confirmed they were being owed two years’ payment for services rendered.

He stated that all efforts to get management of the hospital to pay them their dues fell on deaf ears.

He said, “The management keep saying it is the Federal Government that has not released money for our emoluments and this is running to two complete years that we have not been paid.

“Even we understand that the hospital provides essential services to people and we have exercised patience and understanding with the management, we can no longer continue like this. We have families and other responsibilities to attend to.”

James Akase, a Cleaning Supervisor also confirmed that cleaners at the facility were being owed nine months salaries by the hospital, adding, “it’s really tough for us to bear.”

However, Moses Atime, the Deputy Director, Nursing Services, who spoke explained that the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services was responsible for the payment of all out-source staff in the health sector.

He further stated that the Managing Director of the institution, who was aware of the issue, was on his way to Abuja and the issue topped the agenda of his trip to the nation’s capital.

Atime pointed out that, “The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services is responsible for their payment. They are not on our payroll.”

Also the Deputy Head of Clinical Services FMC, who is also the Site Coordinator, Dr. Matthew Ocheifu, disclosed that the nonpayment of salaries to outsource workers had posed a serious security challenge at the centre


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Re:NYSC Shuns Applications By Southern Medical Corps Members Who “Desperately” Want To Redeploy From North Due To Insecurity



The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to a story with the above caption, making the rounds on social media. The write-up is a misrepresentation of facts.

In a statement issued by the NYSC’s Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations Emeka Mgbemena on Sunday in Abuja said the report is misrepresentation of facts.

According to the statement, in accordance with the Relocation Policy of the Scheme, the exercise is carried out based on two grounds, namely; Marital and Health grounds.

Relocation on the ground of marriage is applicable only to female Corps Members. On the ground of health, the Corps Member’s medical history must be presented, with a written application.

It is imperative to state that in NYSC, all lives matter, just like the Director-General has emphasised on so many fora. The safety and well-being of Corps Members and members of staff remains of paramount importance to the Corps.

However, Corps Members at all times must also be security conscious and never treat their safety with levity, by unduly putting themselves in harm’s way through risky behaviours.

Rest assured, the Scheme in all matters on deployment of Corps Members, relies strictly on the advisories from the security agencies.

It is therefore advisable for clarifications to be sought from the Scheme on issues pertaining to its operations, to avoid the error of inaccurate reportage, or outright spread of falsehood and misinformation.

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