The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, has been shut down by workers over non-payment of their salary and other arrears.
The workers, under the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management of the hospital over a litany of issues.
This was followed by another 7-day ultimatum, which also expired.
JOHESU’s ultimatum borders on withheld salaries and arrears from February 2017 till date; withheld promotion arrears, withheld teaching allowance and enrollment of the hospital into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
The ultimatum was signed by Comrades Ozurumba Anthony, Onu Bank-Anthony, Sims Nwawgu, Ugwu Eric. A. Eze Mathew and Oduru Friday on behalf of the JOHESU affiliate bodies.
The ultimatum was followed by another one by the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association, UGONSA, signed by its president, Chief S.E.O Egwuenu and the secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi.
The group alleged that there was escalating rascality, highhandedness, corruption and abuse of civil service rules by the medical director.
According to the group, “the current situation in the hospital if not checked will result in a breach of peace and a breakdown of law and order.”
They said peace would not return to the hospital without the immediate implementation of the report of a panel earlier sent to the hospital by the minister.
Meanwhile, further enquiries showed that most of the workers were no longer comfortable with Onwukwe’s leadership.
Apart from the issues of salary, the workers are accusing him of victimizing so many of them for various reasons.
 
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Author: Alexander Mezue

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