Lagos Midwives Protest Non-payment Of 11-month Salaries

Many medical workers in Lagos are angry. The aggrieved workers, who claimed they were engaged by the state government under the auspices of the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), Lagos State chapter, recently held a peaceful demonstration at the Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja, to protest the non-payment of 11-month salary arrears by the authorities.
The midwives, who marched around the Governor’s Office and the House of Assembly complex, sang songs and pleaded with the authorities to quickly come to their aid.
They expressed displeasure over the manner in which they were being treated after they had wholeheartedly rendered services to patients, especially in remote areas of the state. According to the protesters, the state government’s refusal to pay them in the past 11 months had brought them untold hardship. They lamented that it was now difficult for them to feed their families, even as meeting other pressing needs had become impossible.
Even though they had not been paid a kobo since the beginning of the year, the midwives told the reporter that not for one day were they found wanting at their duty posts. The passion to save lives, they asserted, was the sole reason they had always remained on duty, and they wanted to always play their part in seeing to the development of Lagos.
The protesters expressed the fear that, if their salaries continued to accumulate, they and their families would be unable to participate in the coming Christmas and New Year celebrations. They said many of their children were out of school, having been sent back from school for not paying tuition.
Their placards had different inscriptions, including “Akinwunmi Ambode, please help pay MSS midwives salaries;” “Midwives are dying but patients are living;” “We reduce maternal and child mortality;” “Ambode, please hear us and intervene now;” “What have we done to deserve this punishment?” “We deserve to be paid promptly,” and many others.
Spokesperson for MSS, Mrs. Beatrice Adunola Ajayi, told Daily Sun that her colleagues could no longer endure the suffering, which was why the midwives decided to picket the Governor’s Office to express their grievances. She said several appeals had been made to the state government before the protest, but that none yielded the desired fruits. She said the situation had become worrisome and embarrassing. She recalled that the last time government paid them outstanding salaries was after a similar protest in 2015.
“We have been pleading with government to pay our salaries, but our demands have not been met. So, that is the reason we came out today to let Governor Ambode know what we have been passing through since January. We are not supposed to be begging the state government to pay us the money we actually worked for, but government has turned us to beggars,” said.
Ajayi told the reporter that the midwives were employed by the Federal Government and seconded to state governments in 2010, to help in reducing maternal mortality rate in the country, especially in the rural areas.
“Lagos then posted us to the various local government areas. We are the ones taking care of pregnant women, nursing mothers and babies there because there are not enough staff at the state primary health care centres. Some of the areas are so rural that some of the state staff avoid going there. That is why people were dying in such areas before we came on board,” she said.

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Policemen Fighting Boko Haram Lament Non-Payment Of Allowances

Policemen on counter-insurgency operations in the north-east region have complained about the non-payment of their allowances by the state governments.

Specifically, some policemen serving in Borno State told our correspondent that they have not been paid for about three months, while others who had just concluded their tour of duty alleged that they were under-paid.

“Before now, policemen on counter-insurgency operations in Borno State were paid N30,000, but this was later reduced to N15,000 due to the economic situation. Our set was paid N7,000 instead of N15,000 and we don’t know if this was done by the state government or by the police command,” a policeman, who felt shortchanged stated.

Another police officer who had just returned from the battle front after spending three months engaging Boko Haram terrorists, explained that he and his colleagues were not paid, but were asked to hold on by the police authorities.

“We were not paid a dime, we were simply informed that the allowances have not been paid by the state government. I don’t know why the police were treated this way, because I am sure they would not ask members of the armed forces to be patient,” the police officer said.

But the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who confirmed the delay in the payment of the policemen, noted that the police high command was holding discussions with the governors of the north-eastern states over the non-payment of allowances to police personnel on counter-insurgency operations.

Arase who said this in response to questions during his meeting with Commissioners of Police on Wednesday in Abuja, admitted that the policemen had complained to his office about the non-payment of their allowances for about four months now.

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Fuel Scarcity Looms Over Non-Payment Of Subsidy

The return of long queues at filling stations across Lagos metropolis and some other cities like Abeokuta, Ogun State and Ilorin, Kwara State may have been triggered by the Federal Government’s alleged delay in meeting subsidy payment obligations to oil marketers.

It was gathered yesterday that the fuel marketers were yet to receive subsidy payments which amount to over N300 billion.

Meanwhile, a fresh wind of change has begun blowing in the process of crude oil transactions as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday announced the cancellation of the Offshore Processing Arrangement (OPA) opting for a more efficient Direct Sale-Direct Purchase (DSDP) alternative.

The new DSDP policy, which allows for the direct sale of crude oil by NNPC as well as direct purchase of petroleum products from credible international refineries, would automatically eliminate the activities of middlemen in the crude oil exchange for product matrix.

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Retired Teachers Lament Non-Payment Of Pensions

Some retired primary school teachers in Enugu State, on Wednesday, cried out over the non-payment of their pensions for about 27 months.

The elderly former teachers, who narrated tales of woe during a visit to the Enugu State House of Assembly, also said they were yet to be paid their gratuities since they retired in 2002.

The aggrieved pensioners urged the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, to come to their aid by facilitating the payment of the outstanding entitlements.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Chief Mathias Onovo disclosed that they had written several letters to the relevant authorities, demanding payment of their entitlements.

Unfortunately their persistent pleas had continued to fall on deaf ears, Onovo said.

Onovo added that many of the pensioners died as a result of difficulties occasioned by the non-payment of the outstanding entitlements.

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AIT Staff Seek FG Intervention Over Non-Payment Of Workers’ Salary

Staff at African Independent Television (AIT) in Kaduna state have appealed to the Federal Government to intervene to make the television’s management pay salaries owed them.

The workers lamented dehumanising treatment being meted on them by their employers, describing the non-payment of their salary arrears as a deliberate act.

One of the workers who pleaded anonymity confirmed salary for August 2014 was paid on Tuesday—nearly a year later.

“There has been no communication or excuse whatsoever from management for non-payment of staff salary. When they pay for one month, it will take about four to five months before another payment will be made,” the staff said.

“A lot of people have left the organisation due to this problem while more people are planning to leave; yet the management are not bothered.

“We feel the non-payment is deliberate because the money is there but we are not been paid.

“The non-payment is inflicting suffering on us because we have families that we cannot cater for, we find it difficult to feed, pay our children’s school fees, house rent and other utility bills,” he lamented.

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Journalists Protest Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

The Nigeria Union of Journalists on Tuesday picketed the premises of ThisDay newspapers in Apapa, Lagos to protest the non-payment of nine months arrears of salaries owed its members.

The newspaper has also failed to remit personal income tax, pension cooperative deductions and check-off dues from paid salaries in the last four years.

The union, led by the NUJ Lagos State Chairman, Deji Elumoye, carried placards and barricaded the entrances of the media organisation, owned by the President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Nduka Obaigbena.

Mr. Elumoye, who is also a staff of ThisDay, said he decided to lead the protest against his organisation to show that charity begins at home.

He said the protesting journalists were condemning the continuous refusal of the management of ThisDay and 12 other media houses to settle the several months arrears of salaries to their workers, especially journalists.

”I am an associate editor in Thisday,” he said. “But, I chose to picket Thisday first. There are other media organisations owing over two years, and we will go to all of them. It is time to put a stop to non-payment of salaries in media organisations. Many families cannot pay their house rents or their children’s school fees. The journalists are paid peanuts. Yet, they do not get the salaries. It is sad.”

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Gov. Rochas Blames Poor Economy For Non-payment Of Workers’ Salary Arrears

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has attributed the poor state of the nation’s economy for the non-payment salary arrears being owed government workers in some states of the federation.

Okorocha said this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of a meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and governors-elect on Tuesday in Abuja.

The governor said that just like the states, the Federal Government was also finding it difficult to pay the salaries of its workers.

“We must say that the economy is bad, let’s face the fact. Most governors are not able to pay salaries and there is no magic any governor can do to pay salary under the present situation.

“We intend to take that up with the President-elect to inform him of the challenges before him, to prepare his mind to know that there is a lot of challenges that the states are facing in terms of payment of salaries, including Federal Government.

“Here, you have an incoming president coming to meet almost an empty treasury, which tells you the challenges we have ahead of us.”

According to him, the APC governors and as well as the governors-elect have decided to meet to also review the just concluded 2015 general elections.

This, he said, would enable the party and its elected officers to strategise on the best possible approach to tackle the country’s challenges.

“Basically, what we did was to review the just concluded election and we have congratulated each other and it’s on record that today, APC has 22 governors-elect, while we are looking forward to getting more by the time we finish with the court processes.

“So this is the first introductory meeting to know one another and to discuss all that took place in the last election, the challenges, the merits and demerits.”

Okorocha said that some of their colleagues had embarked on holiday and medical checks to enable them regain their strength after the tedious electioneering campaigns.

He said that the presence of Senator Bukola Saraki at their meeting was not in any way connected to who emerged the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Senator Bukola visited during our meeting, but we did not discuss the issue of who becomes the Senate President, or who becomes Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Our mission is to familiarise ourselves and look at the state of our economy and see how we can meet the president-elect and make some suggestions on what he can do to move Nigeria forward.”

The meeting was attended by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, his Nasarawa counterpart Tanko Al-Makura, Kaduna Governor-elect Malam Nasir El-Rufai and the Speaker of the House of Representatives who is the Sokoto State Governor-elect Aminu Tambuwal.

Others present at the meeting were Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, former Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi, Deputy Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje and APC Chairman, John Oyegun.

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PDP Workers On Strike For Non Payment Of Salary

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) workers at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, have gone on strike following the non-payment of their salaries which they said are for three months.

Our Correspondent gathered that the workers, who are mostly youths working as cleaners and messengers, commenced the strike on Tuesday, after all other means to get their pay failed to yield positive results. The party’s national secretariat was very dirty when our reporter visited it as the striking workers refused to perform their duties.

Some of them who came to the secretariat were seen sitting idle, wearing sad look on their faces and complaining that they had been spending their monies on transportation to the secretariat for the past three months without payment.

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