BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — FOLLOWING the strike embarked upon by doctors in Oyo State, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, governorship candidate, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has condemned alleged indifference of the State Governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala to the complaints of the health workers.
He said leaders who put up “I don’t care attitude to health care delivery system of his people should not have ventured into governance at all.
He called on eligible voters in the state to pay Akala back in his own coin by voting him out in the April election.
All hospitals in the state have been shut for the past two weeks over what the doctors considers as “poor working conditions including poor remuneration, heavy tax and heavy work load arising from insufficient personnel”.
According to Ajimobi: “Every good leader works with the understanding that a healthy person is a wealthy person. The governor’s attitude is an indirect way of sending people to early grave for no just cause”.
According to him, “Government has collapsed in Oyo State. This is the height of lack of interest and care for the masses.
That is how the governor destroyed the education sector. He refused to pay teachers in both primary and secondary schools, sacked lecturers at the polytechnic and college of education for demanding a reduction of the heavy tax. LAUTECH students have been protesting the hike of their fees.
Now doctors and other medical workers have closed down the hospitals in a state where most citizens can not afford the bils of private hospitals. There is nowhere in the world, even in Nigeria where all government hospitals have been closed down up to local communities. As far as we are concerned, government has broken down; all sectors are affected. That is why Akala must resign now”.
Meanwhile, Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, has appealed to well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the striking doctors to go back to work.
The appeal was contained in the electronic mail sent by the Special Adviser on Public Communication to the Governor, Prince Dotun Oyelade.
He said the Governor had led a delegation to persuade the association two days ago to accept 70 percent of what Federal approved for its staff even when many states found it difficult to pay.
According to the governor, “Federal takes 52 percent of total revenue accruing to the country while the 36 States and 774 Councils share the rest so Federal can afford to pay that which is not binding on any State. Even Lagos State with its huge revenue base can only pay 75 percent”.
He explained further that his administration had stretched its purse to the limit by conceding to pay 70 percent.
“ We in turn appeal to the patriotic sense of our doctors to see reason and we also appeal to well_meaning people to persuade them to call off strike”, he stated.