By Onoja Johnson
The governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has, again, received another commendation from the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) for the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) revised in 2014. an better warfare afforded doctors placed in the Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja, and all the state owned hospitals.
In a statement signed by the Leadership of the North Central Caucus of NARD, the Leader, Dr Abdulquadri Idrisu; and the Deputy Leader Dr Emmanuel Bola Jonah Kelvin issued on Monday, in Lokoja, the association revealed that in about a year now, the resident doctors had appealed to the government on the need to implement the CONMESS, both directly and from Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), KSSH Lokoja, ably led by its Immediate Past President, Dr Emmanuel Bola Jonah Kelvin.
The statement reads,“We are glad to note that each of our communications with the government, had set up cascades of events.”
“The government acted on our letters, communique’s, press releases, ultimatum and strike actions on the subject matter with a heart of understanding.”
NARD who urged the government to sustain its efforts in the infrastructural development carried out in the state health sector, added that even though the body is yet to be where it should be, the government has tried it taking the step it had took.
They said, “No doubt a major step in solving brain drain in Kogi State has been achieved, we look forward to consolidating these gains, with sustained investment in the health sector.
“The implementation of the new minimum wage and promotions are still outstanding. We are hopeful and expectant that in the near future this will also be the thing of the past.”
The body expressed gratitude to the governor and assure him of maximum commitment. It also appreciates, Dr Saka Haruna Audu, the state Commissioner for Healt; Commissioner for Finance, Dr Idris Ashiru; the State Auditor General, Mr Okala; and the State’s Accountant General, for their concerted efforts.
They as well thanked the immediate past and present NMA-KOGI Chairmen; Dr Kabir Zubair and Dr Oyiguh Omakoji respectively alongside their SOC for their efforts.
“We appreciate the President of NARD, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa and the National Officers Committee; the immediate past President of NARD, Dr Aliyu Sokumba and all our medical elders for their guidance in this struggle.
“Special appreciation to the CMD of Kogi State Specialist Hospital Lokoja, Prof. Yahaya Adagiri, the CMAC, Director of Administration, the HOD account and the OC salary. Past and present ARD KSSH Presidents; Dr Peter Nathaniel, Dr Audu Ademu and Dr Jimmy Idama, just to mention a few, for providing great leadership in this struggle.”