Ondo Nurses Protest Two Months of Wage Arrears and Accuse NANNM Management of Cover-Up
According to SaharaReporters, members of the Odo state branch of the Nigeria National Association of Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) participated in the protest.
The nurses denied the state government’s refusal to pay them two months back.
In a report sent to SaharaReporter, the nurses said the state government paid them only 50% of their November salaries in January, while the December and January arrears have yet to be paid.
The nurses also said that Ondo State NANMD’s attempts to shut down the government as members’ requests for a strike are not being considered by the agency.
They claim that the government offices of NANNM and the Nigerian Labor Congress were corrupt, hence the association’s inability to comply with the demands of its members.
On Tuesday, members protested against union leadership acting or leaving.
A source who spoke to SaharaReporter said: “The nurses mobilized a protest against the Ondo State NANDO for being silent and agreeing with the state government on two months wage arrears and 50% of the November salary.
“They also accuse their union of conniving at the authorities. Governor Rotimi Aqueredol has been in debt for three months. At the end of January, he paid 50 percent of his November salary, and the National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria (Ondo) dodged its members’ request to go on strike against the governor’s reckless actions.
“Together with the state union, they were bribed so that they would not have the courage to give in to their members’ fears. So members today are protesting against the union leadership to act or resign. “