Corps members protest non-payment of 5 months allowances in Borno

Over 100 Corp members staged a peaceful protest at the main entrance gate of Governennt House Maiduguri to register their grievances over non-payment of their 3-5  monthly allowances  by the Borno state government Monday.

The Batch B NYSC members most of whom are medical doctors besieged the Maiduguri Goverment House  Monday morning said they have not been paid monthly allowances promised by the Borno state government since February 2019.

Spokesperson of the Medical corp members , Dr. Corrnelious  Azi said,  “The former governor, Kashim Shettima announced payment of N100,000 to each of the medical NYSC doctors and N50,000 to other medial corps member.

“Unfortunately, the payment has stopped since December. Government is owing us January, April, May and June,” spokesman of the medial corp members”.

He said they have written to the  state government through the  Borno State Ministry of Health but the  state government was yet to response.

Corrnelious appealed to the  state government to approve the backlog  in order to discourage the  medical corps members from seeking redeployment from the state.

He  added about 64 medial corp members  comprising of  doctors, pharmacists, laboratory technologists and nurses formed over 50 percent of the medical workforce of the Borno  state. 

“Often times, we work extra hours due to shortage of medical personnel in the state health facilities.

“We have explored all alternative ways of dispute resolution but they haven’t yielded results. We appeal to the government not to honour its promise,” Corrnelious  said.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Borno State  Ministry of Health, Alhaji Mustapha Alau said the governor has already directed the  State Ministry of Finance to pay the medical corp members their outstanding monthly allowances immediately.

Alau added that the  State Ministry of Health will  also soon compute the outstanding balance of the payments and total number of the affected corp members for the  payment.

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