In what appears to be a season of protests in Osun state over unpaid salaries of civil servants, Resident doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, on Thursday staged a protest in Osogbo, Osun State capital, demanding governor Aregbesola to pay their eight-month salary arrears or resign
Osun is one of the states unable to pay civil servants their salaries, a situation which has led to outcry from the worker families and concerned citizens.
The doctors asked Governor Rauf Aregbesola to resign from office if he failed to pay their salaries by the end of June as promised.
The doctors had gathered at the premises of the hospital from where they trooped out to the streets, armed with placards, with various inscriptions like: “Even Slaves Deserve to be Fed; 230 Days of Unpaid Salaries and Ogbeni, Pay our Salaries,”
There have been series of protests by the workers and pensioners in the state over the salary crisis facing the state.
ARD president said despite being owed eight months, doctors were not on strike but explained that they could not work because of the strike embarked upon by other categories of workers in the hospital.
He said, “We have not been paid for the past eight months. And since then, we have been lobbying and appealing to the government to help but till date we have not been paid.
“It has not only affected us as humans, it has affected our families and also our patients. We are telling the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to do the needful.
“This is economic genocide in our state. It is not compatible with life. For these eight months, we have tried to maintain peace and industrial harmony. There is no official announcement that we are on strike but we can’t work. He said.