Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has described the action of the striking doctors in the state as selfish and uncaring.
Recall that the doctors under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association, Osun State chapter, on February 16th, took to the streets of Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, to protest the non-payment of their salaries and other allowances for over four month.
The Governor made the statement on Wednesday, while delivering an address titled: “To the improved health of the People” at the commissioning of new equipment for Boripe Local Government Health Centres at Boripe Local Government Secretariat in Iragbiji.
He alleged that the doctors were showing little or no concern about what happens to other citizens and residents of the state in the face of the present economic hardship faced by the country.
Aregbesola, in his speech, urged the striking doctors to recognise that the state was in a time of serious economic challenge and be willing to make sacrifices like every other workers in the state who are always at their duty post.
According to him, the government was concerned and has given full attention to the welfare of the people despite the great financial challenges it is currently facing.
“There are however some of our health workers at the state level who think only of themselves, who do not care a hoot whatever happens to the rest of us,” he said.
The governor noted that states in the past used to get money from the federal government every month to run their administration, but since July 2013, that has continued to decrease until today when most states get nothing again.