By Abdulfatai Sobande
New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Ogun State has expressed strong support for the striking Resident Doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu who are demanding implementation of appropriate salary scale from the state government.
The Consultants at the State Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, also joined the Resident Doctors in a Solidarity strike, grounding all clinical services to compel the state government to initiate the process of paying of appropriate renumeration to the affected doctors.
Chairman of the OOUTH Resident Doctors, Doctor Mutiu Popoola had insisted that the doctors would not resume work at the state tertiary health facility, until the demand of placing them on proper salary scale was resolved.
He lamented that every avenue explored by the affected doctors to engage the state government, including several letters and three-day warning strike had failed.
NNPP State Chairman, Olaposi Sunday Oginni who is disturbed over the two months old strike admidst deadly Coronavirus pandemic, addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, appealed to Governor Dapo Abiodun to immediately address the demand to prevent the health sector from imminent Collapse in the state.
Health sector according to the party, should be given priority by the Abiodun administration, to ensure the healthy living of residents as well as growth of the State’s economy .
“No government has right to trample on right of doctors who are demanding for their legitimate demands, without casting aspersions on the governor, those advising him, should give him proper advice on the need to give health sector priority by giving doctors what is due to them”, the opposition party state chairman stated.
Oginni who doubles as the state chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) insisted that the governor had no excuse not to implement the demand of the striking Resident Doctors, considering the other states like Oyo, Osun and Ekiti where their counterpart are enjoying appreciate renumeration despite their low internal revenue generation.