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ONI’S AIDE BERATES FAYEMI OVER EKITI HEALTH WORKERS’ STRIKE

By Lere Olayinka
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Former Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Taiwo

Olatunbosun has berated the State Governor, Mr. Kayode Fayemi over the

ongoing strike action embarked upon by Medical and Health workers in

the State, saying; “Fayemi's deceit has again plunged Ekiti State into

another avoidable strike action, which will deny children in the State

the benefit of the ongoing National Immunisation Exercise.”

Olatunbosun said in a statement made available to journalists in

Ado-Ekiti that Fayemi's approval of 60 percent increment in the Health

workers salary as against the 100 approved by the immediate past

governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Oni was inhuman and deceitful.

“Implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS)

and the Consolidated Health Workers Salary Structure (CONHESS) for

Medical and Health workers was already approved by Oni and it was to

begin on October 1.
“Fayemi went on air, announcing that he had approved the CONMESS and

CONHESS for Health and Medical workers in the State. But unknown to

members of the public, he only revalidated the approval for University

Teaching Hospital (UTH) alone, leaving out those in State Hospitals,

General Hospitals, Comprehensive Health Centres, Blue Hospital and

other health institutions in the State.
“When the affected health workers protested, Fayemi approved 60

percent instead of 100 percent approved for them by the Oni-led

government and for this insensitivity, all hospitals and health

institutions in Ekiti State, excluding the UTH are now shut down.

“In Fayemi's infinite wisdom, health workers in Ekiti State should now

begin to receive the same salaries as their counterparts in

neighbouring Ondo State, whom they were far ahead of in terms of

emoluments even before the commencement of the implementation of the

CONMESS and CONHESS.
“For this callous act, Ekiti State children are not going to benefit

from the ongoing national immunisation exercise and Fayemi appears not

to be bothered about this. Instead of addressing this impending

calamity, he is busy spending public fund to defend and sustain his

illegal dissolution of local councils.
“We are therefore bothered that we now have a government in Ekiti that

does not bother about the welfare of our children, who are our hopes

for tomorrow and wish to call on well-meaning Nigerians to appeal to

Fayemi to accede to the legitimate demands of the health workers so as

to save our children from life threatening diseases,” Olatunbosun

said.