Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu on Tuesday said the major issue that led to doctors’ strike in the state had been resolved.
He attributed the strike to inadequate communication and understanding.
Sanwo-olu made this statement while responding to reporters at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDP) Yaba where he commemorated Year 2020 Tree Planting Day and commissioned a 36-chamber morgue donated by IHS Towers to the state government.
He said the major issue at stake was the outstanding May and June additional COVID-19 allowance, which has now been paid.
The governor said the allowance was his initiative “because we wanted to show leadership at the outbreak of the pandemic.
Governor Sanwo-olu explained the cause of the delay in payment was because the government had to do enumeration to ensure that only those entitled get it.
He explained further the COVID-19 additional allowance is different from hazard allowance, which the government had increased by 400 percent for all health workers.
The COVID-19 additional allowance, according to him, is only for frontline workers at the isolation centres but it became an all- comers affair which was becoming a drain on the state’s purse, a development he said informed the enumeration.
On alleged dismissal of doctors, Sanwo-Olu said they were not dismissed but were only redeployed to their primary duty posts after spending about three to four months at the Isolation centres.