Lagos State Government Evicts Sacked Doctors From Their Houses

Lagos State government yesterday ordered the sacked doctors in its employment to quit their official residences in spite of claims that there are rooms for negotiations.

The eviction notice, signed by the Secretary, Staff Housing Board, Mr. I.A Shoyemi, and dated May 8, 2012, asked the doctors to vacate their quarters with immediate effect.

It reads in part: “Consequent upon your dismissal from the service of the Lagos State government with effect from May 4, 2012 and in ac-cordance with the civil service rule 13115, no officer shall continue to occupy state government quarters after the date on which his resignation/ dismissal takes effect.

“I wish to request you to vacate the state government staff quarters.“In view of the above, you are hereby requested to submit the keys to the quarters to the Secretary of Staff Housing Board.”

Some of the affected doctors yesterday confirmed to National Mirror that they received the notice yesterday evening.

It was also gathered that the affected doctors had been given until 5a.m. today to vacate the staff quarters.

But the State Tenancy Law states that tenants should be given six months’ eviction notice.

Reacting to the development yesterday during a congress organised by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, the First Vice-President of the state chapter of the association, Dr. Johnson Emene, condemned the action.

He said that the doctors were covered by the tenancy law.

Emene added that the association had instructed the doctors to ignore the quit notice and that the NMA executives had begun negotiations with government on the issue. “We have told them not to panic. Within the next 13 hours, we are going to know the outcome.

Nobody will evict the doctors between now and tomorrow,” he said.The NMA had on Tuesday warned newly recruited doctors in the state to stay away from hospitals pending the determination of the industrial crisis between both parties.

The warning followed the controversial sacking of 788 doctors by the state government on Monday.

But the state government yesterday explained that the sacking of doc-tors was in the interest of the over 20 million residents of the state and patients in the state-owned hospitals.

The government, however, said that it had not foreclosed negotiation with the doctors.

Source: National Mirror

1 COMMENT

  1. This is an act deserving response from the state government and i say kudos to them because they are working in line with what they were voted for. These doctors think they are smart but unfortunately for them nobody or law overules the government in nigeria.