University Health Workers Issue FG Ultimatum To Pay Hazard Allowance Arrears

The Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) has asked the Federal Government to pay arrears of hazard allowances owed its members.

The association made this declaration on Thursday in a communique signed by Kabir Mustapha, its acting chairman, after a two-day meeting in Calabar.

The association disclosed that the government had delayed their arrears payment even after the body sent several letters to remind the government of their plight.

SSAUTHRIAI added that it could no longer guarantee continued services if its members were not paid all the arrears within one week.

On the COVID special allowance, the association asked the federal government to pay the 40 percent balance for the two months its members are owed.

“We demand the payment of 40 percent balance of remaining two months to our members who were erroneously paid 10 percent,” the statement reads.

“Also, the association notes with dismay the rate at which health workers, especially professionals, are migrating out of the country for greener pastures.

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“This is due to the poor condition surrounding our health facilities, no consumables for health workers to work with, and a poor welfare packages.”

The association also called on the federal government to implement the September 30, 2017, agreement on revising the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

It also demanded that the government remit deducted but unremitted funds to the unions and cooperatives without further delay.

In August, the Lagos council of the SSAUTHRIAI protested the non-payment of allowances by the federal government.