The Association of Borno State Doctors (ABSB) has given a 21-day ultimatum to Governor Kashim Shettima to pay them their outstanding salary arrears.The ABSB Chairman, Dr. Bukar Abbagana, gave the deadline yesterday at a news conference in Maiduguri, the state capital. He said the doctors are being owed four years arrears of the revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS).
Meanwhile as NMA threatens withdrawal of services in Cross river Abbagana furthered explained that when doctors across the country went on strike over the issue, those in the state did not join them. Abbagana disclosed that the ultimatum, which commenced from January 8, would end on February 5, 2018.
His said: “Borno doctors out of loyalty to the state government and empathy for the people, had refused to down tools, with the belief that the governor would show same to our affected members.
“But four years down the line, there has been no single acknowledgement of the volume of correspondence with the state government. All avenues for dialogue were exhausted, but to no avail.”Abbagana appealed to members of the public to prevail on government to implement the salary structure to avert any industrial dispute.