BAUCHI -No fewer than 200 newly recruited health workers in Bauchi state staged violent protest over non payment of their salaries for 30 months.
The protesters barricaded the gate of the State Hospital Management Board for about three hours chanting slogans such as “Government pay us our salaries, we are human beings , “We want to live and survive with our families” , “Gov. Isa Yuguda please intervene and pay us our salary”
The health workers were recruited about 30 months ago by the office of the Bauchi State health management board and deployed to the hospitals in the 20 local government areas of the state.
One of the protestants, Hassan Sule said since they were recruited two and a half years ago, they had not been paid their salaries.
“Over 200 of us were recruited by the present administration and after our employment, we were distributed to our places of work but we have not been paid up till now.
“We did all we could but we didn’t succeed, we went to the Emir of Bauchi , Alhaji Rilwanu Suleman Adamu, the State Director of State Security Services , Commissioner of Police, but we didn’t succeed.
“We have no option than to resort to protest in order to draw the attention of the government to our problem so as to find possible solution to it,“ he said.
Reacting to the development, the State Commissioner of Health, Alhaji Mohammed Yahaya-Jalam advised the workers to be patient, saying that government is doing everything possible to pay them their salaries. “The problem started during the recruitment of the workers because the committee charged with the exercise recruited more than the required staffers. “However, we will not lay off anybody but the government will investigate, screen and accredit the workers in order to pay them their salaries. “I am assuring you that government recruited them in good faith in our desire to reduce unemployment, we will pay them,“ he said.