A coalition of interns at Gombe State Specialty Hospital today staged a peaceful protest against months of unpaid stipends.
The group, made up of trainee pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists, among others, called on the state governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, to show mercy and kindly expedite the necessary payments of their accumulated benefits, over a period of 13 months.
According to the aggrieved trainees, the failure of the state government to duly pay their allowances left many stranded and tired as they could no longer meet their basic needs.
Amid allegations of segregation and marginalization, protesting trainees carried placards with various inscriptions such as “13 months without pay, we can’t continue”; “11 months and still counted, let’s pay our rights”; “We are fed up with health segregation”; “Does Governor Inuwa Yahaya Know”.
Interview with journalists, group spokesperson
Maxwell Solomon said: “Some of us have been here for almost 18 months now, without pay, and we have started with others.
“Some of these officers came behind us, and they paid them, we are not happy about that. Does the governor know about these things?
“We’ve been there, we’ve been to the hospital board a couple of times, they cheated on us, so we don’t know.”
The group said it had exhausted all means of constructive dialogue and would have no choice but to boycott the work, if the government did not respond to their calls by the end of the month.
They therefore urged the Governor and relevant stakeholders to look into the matter urgently.
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