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University Health Workers Issue FG Ultimatum to Pay Arrears on Hazard Allowance

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The Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes, and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) has requested that the Federal Government reimburse its members for hazard allowance arrears.

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After a two-day conference in Calabar, the association issued this declaration on Thursday in a communique signed by Kabir Mustapha, its acting chairman.

The group revealed that the government has delayed payment of their debts despite the body sending many letters to remind the government of their hardship.

SSAUTHRIAI further stated that it could no longer guarantee continuing services if all debts were not paid within one week.

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On the COVID special allowance, the group requested that the federal government pay the 40 percent balance owed to its members for the two months.

“We demand payment of 40% of the remaining two months’ sum to our members who were wrongfully paid 10%,” the statement says.

“Also, the association is dismayed by the rate at which health workers, particularly professionals, are leaving the country for greener pastures.”

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“This is due to the poor state of our health facilities, a lack of consumables for health personnel to use, and inadequate welfare packages.”

The organization also urged the federal government to follow through on the September 30, 2017, agreement to revise the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

It further ordered that the government immediately refund deducted but unremitted cash to unions and cooperatives.

The Lagos council of the SSAUTHRIAI protested the federal government’s failure to pay allowances in August.

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