By Appolos Christian
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), has raised the alarm over what it described as ‘falsehood and lies’ against it by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on the account that it is asking for the same salary with Medical Doctors.
The Union therefore called on President Muhammad Buhari, to as matter of urgency, wade into the matter, with a view to resolving the prolonged issue for sake of the ordinary Nigerians.
It would be recalled that JOHESU in a recent statement signed by its National President, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, expressed disappointment over the way and manner the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, was handling the matter.
JOHESU therefore pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good offices to resolve the crisis.
According to its previous statement, the union said: “We want to inform the general public and President Buhari, that the Honourable Minister of Health should be “for nobody but for everybody” in the Health Sector, but it is evidently clear that Professor Isaac Adewole is the Minister for Doctors and not for all health workers.
“The present crisis in the health sector is as a result of the trivialisation of the cry for justice. The general public must know that at no point in time did JOHESU demand for the same salary scale with Doctors. But the failure of the meetings held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Monday, April 30, 2018, Thursday, May 3, 2018, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, and Wednesday May16, 2018, left the health workers with no choice but to take the last but most painful option of continuing the ongoing strike which was preventable, but for self centred reasons.”
The JOHESU president further explained that: “It is not only important but central to let the general public and stakeholders in the health sector know that a fresh doctor in a government employment earns N312,944.83 per month, that is CONMESS 3 (CONHESS 11), whereas other health workers would have to soil and toil for three to nine years before getting to CONHESS 11 which has a take home pay of N255,184.83 with a differential of N57,760.00 which represents 23% difference. So where lies the truth behind the propaganda that JOHESU is demanding the same salary structure with doctors.”