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Medical Doctors, Dentists In Universities Give Govt Ultimatum On Deductions From Salaries

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Medical Doctors, Dentists In Universities Give Govt Ultimatum On Deductions From Salaries

A 21-day ultimatum has been given to the Federal Government to resolve the issue of continuous underpayment of clinical lecturers in
universities across the country or risk total strike.

The National President of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) Prof. Keneth Ozoilo, gave the ultimatum at a press conference in Jos on Monday.

He said the decision to issue the ultimatum was reached during the association’s emergency National Executive Council meeting held on July 19, 2021.

He noted that all efforts at engaging various arms and agencies of government with the aim of achieving a negotiated peaceable solution in the past 10 years had proved an unmitigated failure.

The MDCAN president said: “After extensive deliberations, NEC observed as follows: The income loss being suffered by consultants who are clinical lecturers in the universities has gone on for over 10 years.

“It is the direct result of the fact that they do two full-time jobs in both the universities and the teaching hospitals, yet receive a combined emolument that is less than that of one job.

“That the income loss extends into retirement as their retirement benefits are much attenuated too, due to the income loss incurred in the university.

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“That this income loss is the result of the fact that their work in the teaching hospital is under-compensated, and also the fact that the remuneration system in the university does not recognise them as doctors, despite the fact that the university primarily employs them because of the fact that they are doctors.

“That this income loss has led to the increasing difficulty in attracting the brightest and the best of consultants into the university as lecturers, a steady exodus of the few doctors in academia to service centres and a worsening of the brain drain phenomenon.

“That all efforts at engaging various arms and agencies of government with the aim of achieving a negotiated peaceable solution in the past 10 years has proved an unmitigated failure.

“That efforts have been made by some federal universities (about 6 out of 17) to ameliorate this income loss by payment of clinical lecturers in those institutions on CONMESS Salary Scale in the University, relying on appropriate and relevant circulars issued by government.

“That the letter from NSIWC directing the removal of consultants from CONMESS in those few universities is absolutely the last straw.

“Consequently, NEC has resolved to withdraw the services of its members from all public institutions to press home its demand for an appropriate, fair and just compensation for the work of clinical lecturers.

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“NEC therefore hereby issues a 21-day ultimatum effective from today, Monday 26th July of 2021, to government and its agencies as a notice of its resolve.”

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Police Teargas EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

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Police Teargas EndSARS protesters At Lekki Tollgate

Some EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were teargassed by the police on Wednesday.

The protesters, who gathered for the EndSARS memorial protest at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were dispersed by men of the police force.

The demonstrators had gathered to call for justice for protesters who were allegedly shot dead on October 20, 2020

The EndSARS protests which were held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force accused of brutality.

READ ALSO: Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

However, on Wednesday the peaceful protest was disrupted by police officers who fired teargas at the youths.
The protesters scampered for safety as they chanted “EndSARS”.

 

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Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

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Protesters loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying “nobody died at Lekki tollgate” in Lagos.

The protesters who were conveyed to the venue on a bus, held up placards stating,”#EndSarsProtest; Lekki shooting was a hoax”, and ”Nobody died at Lekki tollgate”.

On October 20, 2020, soldiers reportedly opened fire on protesters campaigning against police brutality at Lekki tollgate.

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While some reports, including civil society groups say some protesters were killed in the attack, the federal government has disputed this account.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Wednesday described the Lekki incident as a ”phantom massacre”.

Nigerians poured into the streets in Lagos, Abuja and other places on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

 

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No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 2020 – Mohammed

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No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 20220 - Mohammed

A year after the EndSARS protest, Information Minister Lai Mohammed has insisted that there was no massacre of Nigerians at Lekki where the event held last year.

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During a news conference in Abuja, Mohammed said that most of the claims of killings were false and misleading as most of those who made the claims of losing people were yet to show up and give evidence a year after such allegations.

 

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