The Lagos State government on Sunday said it has not reduced the allowances of NYSC doctors serving in the state.
This was made known n a statement by the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle.
Mrs Ponnle stated this against the call by National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) on its members to embark on strike from Monday, 2nd August, 2021.
The decision followed the directive of its National Executive Committee meeting held in Umuahia on 30th July, 2021.
The communique cited, amongst other grievances, a purported directive from the Lagos State government, through the Ministry of Special Duties, to reduce the monthly payment of NYSC Doctors from N75,000 to N15,000, effective July 2021.
Mrs Ponnle said this claim is false and misleading.
She said: “The resolutions reached at the 42nd National Council on Establishments (NCE) meeting held in Lagos on Monday, 30th November – Friday, 4th December, 2020, necessitated the issuance of a circular by the Head of Service of Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, to communicate the decision taken at the Federal level to public servants in Lagos.
“The directive was that Internship Programmes/Houseman-ship/NYSC Doctors in the Public Service should no longer attract Grade Levels in the Salary Structure as the programmes form part of the training.’
Mrs Ponnle noted that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu remains committed to the welfare of Lagos State government employees, particularly the health workers who have shown commitment, bravery and resilience in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said Lagos State government, through the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, will hold a stakeholders’ consultative meeting in the coming week on the implications of the decision taken by the National Council of Establishments on Internship, Housemanship and NYSC Doctors in the Civil/Public Service, which prompted this action.
She noted that the decision of NARD is hasty, as she appeal for restraint by the Lagos Chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors and Nigerian Medical Association, saying they should wait for the conclusion of these engagements.