Abia HMB staff protest 10 months salary arrears
From Steve Oko, Umuahia
Staff of the Abia State Hospitals Management Board, HMB, Monday barricaded the entrance to their office along Aba Road Umuahia to protest 10 months of unpaid salary.
The protesters who also locked the entrance gate to their premises threatend to down tools if government fail to clear the backlog of their salary arrears.
They carried placards with various inscriptions such as :”HMB workers are dying “; “Is our own different? “, among others.
Addressing newsmen at the front of their gate, Spokesman of the workers and Chairman of Medical and Hospitals Workers Union, HMB chapter, Comrade Patrick Nwaukwa, decried the pitiable condition of the workers.
He accused government of insensitivity to their plights, adding that most of them are finding life extremely difficult.
Nwaukwa also claimed government disengaged 98 staff of HMB without salary.
He said the state government had not been fair to them and pleaded with the Governor to end their grief.
“Government has been making empty promises to us”, he said.
” We will go on strike if nothing urgent is done to clear the arrears “, he threatened.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, Franca Ekwueme said the Permanent Secretary was not available.
She promised to provide his contact but failed to do so despite several calls put to her mobile phone which she refused to pick.
The PRO also did not return the calls as at the time of filing this report.
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