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FG, not UCH owes outsourced personnel N15bn – CMD

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Professor Temitope Alonge on Thursday declared that the Federal Government of Nigeria was owing outsourced personnel working in the teaching hospitals, including UCH, LUTH and others about N15billion.

A group, Concerned Citizens for Human Rights (CCHR) had raised the alarm that the UCH management was owing the affected workers 30-month arrears of salaries.

The group, in a three-page petition written to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole by its Convener, Comrade Mojeed Olalere, alleged that the unhealthy treatment being meted to UCH outsourced personnel when “Lagos State Teaching Hospital and Kwara state counterpart did not owe their contractors in this category.”

The human rights activist in the letter entitled, “Save the soul of UCH contractors and their workers from outstanding 30 months salary”, said the contractors who were verified and numbering 22, were regretting ever accepting to work for the hospital because of the experience of the last 30months.

He said, “Some workers of the contractors in UCH came to our office and complained that they are living in abject poverty due to inability of the hospital to pay their salaries of 30months.

“Some of them had already passed away due to sickness when there was no money for treatment. About seven weeks ago, one of the security guards was macheted to death by some armed robbers that invaded UCH, and nothing was done to his family up till now”.

But, the UCH CMD, Professor Temitope Alonge, while reacting to the allegations, said the Federal government had promised to pay them and that a letter to that effect was out.

Alonge maintained that “In 2007, the federal government outsourced services to the affected individuals and it agreed to undertake their payment.

“The coordinators of the affected people have been asked to leave their account details. As at last meeting in Abuja, we learnt the total money owed the concerned staffers in Ibadan and other teaching hospitals, including Lagos are over N15billion and the government was ready to pay one third of it. The government wants to release them in quantum,” Alonge disclosed.

Alonge added that, “Before the advent of Treasury Single Account (TSA), we didn’t encounter this kind of problem. Anyway, everybody that has been listed will get their pay. They were outsourced and government was supposed to pay them and it was ready to do so”.
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