Resident doctors allowance to be paid after verification, Borno government
Borno State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia has explained that the state government was ever ready to pay any outstanding allowance of resident medical doctors but was only waiting for the conclusion of the ongoing verification exercise.
Reacting to the ultimatum earlier given on Monday by the doctors, Mshelia told journalists at a press conference in Maiduguri, that the resident doctors have never been denied any privilege and neither salary or allowance in the past due to the significance of their job.
He said the State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has held meeting with the executive members of the association and appealed to them to exercise patient and restraint until the ongoing verification exercise of civil servants was over to enable the state government commerce the implementation of the revised CONMESS, SKIPPING and RELATIVITY allowances that was recently reviewed by the federal government which implementation in other states of the federation started last year September and November.
He however called on the doctors to exercise some restraints and bear with the state government for now while assuring that their outstanding arrears will be settled accordingly immediately the verification exercise was over as pledged by the governor.
The commissioner commended the resident doctors for their sacrifices and efforts during insurgency without embarking on industrial strike despite the fact that the Borno state resident doctors receive lesser salary and allowances compare to those of the UMTH and other states hospital.
He thanked the resident doctors for their support and understanding and urged them to give government some time as all arrears will be settled soon after the verification.
Mshelia also denied that over N300 million worth of allowances was being owed the resident doctors by the state government while commending the governor for his foresight and determination to upgrade and standardize government hospitals and facilities as well purchased over N4.3 billion sophist acted medical equipments for the hospitals such as auto sound scanners and x-ray machines among others.