By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€” Governor Martin Elechi,Â yesterday pleaded with Workers of Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital (EBSUTH), to reconsider their position on embarking on another strike, that may last for a long time. The Governor called on the workers to understand with the state government, that it cannot meet all their demands.
Governor Elechi made the appeal at the teaching hospital premises, where he addressed workers of the teaching hospital, who had embarked on aÂ partial strike since Monday, with a threat to completely paralyse the teaching hospital from next Monday, should government still refuse to comply with the agreement reached three months ago with the workers unions.
Addressing theÂ visibly angry workers,Â Governor ElechiÂ Â said because of the global economic recession, his government cannot pay the Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS), which is the bone of contention. The Governor, however, promised in addition to the institutionâ€™s statutory allocation from the state government, to henceforth provide the institution with N60m to furnish the new ward complex between now and December this year.
He further asked the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of EBSUTH, Dr. Akuma Aja to â€œscratch out somethingâ€ from its internally generated revenue to see how it can augment the workersâ€™ pay, since the institution had blocked some money leakages from the institutionâ€™s purse. The Governor also announced the approval of N15m drug revolving fund for the institution.
Responding to the Vanguardâ€™s question on the brain drain,Â that has continued to plaque the institution since the wage dispute started, the CMD, Dr Aja said â€œit is already going on but we are hoping that with this address, it will abate and reduce while we will try on our own part to create an atmosphere that will allow for growth in the institution.â€