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