We are also disappointed and ashamed of you, Ogun doctors fire back at Abiodun

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Nigeria Medical Association in Ogun state has expressed disappointment over the comment made by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun on doctors asking for an increment in their salaries.

PLATFORM TIMES had reported that the governor while addressing newsmen has described the strike embarked by the resident doctors of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Ago-Iwoye as irresponsible and political motivated.

But, the doctors in a counter reaction on Monday expressed their dissatisfaction over the governor’s comment.

The NMA chairman, Ismail Lawal who spoke on behalf of the doctors said he is ashamed with the comment made by the governor.

Lawal maintained that the governor’s comment showed that the state is building another constituted authority.

The NMA chair insisted that the governor should not see paying of salaries as doing the doctors a favour, noting that that it is their legitimate rights.

He lamented that political leaders are making doctors beg for what supposed to be their rights.

He stressed that the resources of the state belong to everyone and must be channeled towards taking care of the need of the people in the state.

He added, “at our level, I believe that any doctor that has passed through medical school for minimum of six years to get NBBS and NTBH, that person should have something upstairs to offer.

“It is unbecoming of political officers to just see you asking for your rights as if they are doing you a favour.”

The NMA chairman however urged the governor to implement the recommendations of a committee set up to look into the crisis at the OOUTH.
He added, “Sincerely speaking the issues of association of Residents Doctors, OOUTH, these are people requesting for their rights have been lingering and has predated the era of Prince Dapo Abiodun.

“And I am very sure that if you are to face the issue truly, the Governor met them on industrial action when he came in as governor, and the fact is that in other to honour him, the action was suspended that time.

“That was what led to establishment of formation of fact finding committee that was sent to OOUTH and I am very sure the committee should have finished it’s work and submitted a report.

“The most respectable thing I expect the governor to have done is to look at that report and implement it because it comprises brains which I believe he himself can trust with what they will come up with before asking them embark on it.”

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