BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI – EBONYI State chapter of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday threatened to resume its industrial action which was suspended March 15, if the state government failed to commence 100 percent payment of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS for doctors in the state.
This was the resolution reached by the Association after an emergency general meeting held in Abakaliki, where the doctors critically analyzed unfolding events regarding their demand for implementation of CONMESS for all doctors.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Chairman of NMA, Ebonyi State, Dr. Johnson Obuna, noted that the state government had eventually approved one hundred percent implementation of CONMESS/CONHESS for all doctors and health workers in the state, adding that they had been officially notified.
Obuna said: “The strike remains suspended till April 10, 2011. If by April 10, 2011, the CONMESS money is not paid to concerned members, NMA should not be held responsible for resumption of the suspended strike.
“The NMA has been officially notified on March 15, 2011. There is every sincerity and good intention to implement CONMESS/ CONHESS in the state by our dear governor.
“Our members are directed to resume work immediately. NMA wishes to thank Governor Martin Elechi, and express her profound gratitude to him for being the first governor in the South-East geo-political zone of Nigeria to implement 100 per centCONMESS/ CONHESS.”