A peaceful protest was staged on Monday at the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, InfantNG learnt.
A coalition of interns comprising intern pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists, amongst others, protested over their accrued allowances, running into 13 months.
The interns called on the state Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, to have mercy, and kindly expedite necessary payments. According to the aggrieved interns, the failure of the state government to duly pay their allowances had left many stranded and weary, as they could no longer cater for their basic needs.
Amid allegations of segregation and marginalisation, the protesting interns had bore placards with different inscriptions such as, “13 months without pay we can’t continue”; “11 months and still counting, pay our entitlements”; “We are tired of healthcare segregation”; “Is Governor Inuwa Yahaya aware”.
Speaking with journalists, spokesman to the group Maxwell Solomon said, “Some of us have been here for almost 18 months now, no pay, and we started together with others.
“Some of these officers came behind us, and they paid them money, we’re not happy with that. Is the governor aware of these things?
“We’ve gone there, we’ve gone to the hospital management board several times, they’ve been deceiving us, so we don’t know.” The group claimed they had exhausted all mediums for constructive dialogue and would be left with no other option than to boycott work, should the government fail to heed their cries by the end of the month.
They, therefore, beckoned on the governor and relevant stakeholders to look into it as a matter of urgency.