It was gathered that the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi state chapter, has expressed displeasure over the payment of 50% salary to its members, saying it has rejected the payment.
NMA, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr Godwin Tijani, and made available on Thursday hinted that the association was not invited to the meeting held between the State government and labour leaders where it was agreed that 50% will be paid to workers.
He said, “We only saw the news in the media this morning but we doubt it is untrue, but now many of our members have gotten alert, confirming the payment of 50% of their salaries. Kogi doctors are not happy with that decision.
“As a noble and an understanding association, we expected the government to notify us of this shortfalls and not be taken by surprise. I learnt those working in Tertiary institutions are being paid full salary while those with Ministry and Hospital management Board (HMB) will get half salary. NMA express displeasure with that level of discrimination.”
Dr Tijani, however, appealed to doctors in the state to remain calm and not be discouraged by that discrimination, adding that they should go about their normal activities as efforts were already in place to correct the defects noted in their salaries.