The Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i says health workers and medical doctors who fail to show up at their assigned places of work from will forfeit their employment.
The Governor who stated this on verified tweeter handle on Thursday while reacting to the strike notice issued by health workers in the State Civil service, said he will not bend to blackmail.
He described the demands by by the workers as a mere smokescreen and selfish, adding that “every health worker that is willing to work is required to sign the register at the Ministry of Health or their facility of deployment”.
Governor El-Rufa’i said: “Asking the State Government to treat the over 11,000 persons working in the health sector as frontline staff and pay them as such is not a serious request”.
He rejected the strike threat by medical doctors in the State, and/directed the State Ministry of Health to ensure that health facilities run and provide services to the public, with the support of willing workers who must be offered every assistance.
“Kaduna State Government rejects the strike threat and will regard persons who fail to show up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment. Every health worker that is willing to work is required to sign the register at the Ministry of Health or their facility of deployment.
“To declare strike action amidst the Covid-19 pandemic is naked blackmail, based on the mistaken assumption that KDSG will reward irresponsible conduct with surrender. KDSG will not be misled into granting health workers a special status amongst public servants…
“The consequences of concessions made along such lines by previous governments have created a sense that some public servants are more precious than others.
“Kaduna State Government will not be browbeaten by strike action into excluding health workers from the sacrifices being made by other public servants who are donating 25% of their salary to fund the provision of palliatives for low-income, poor & vulnerable persons that are impacted by the lockdown.
“The government noted that it is instructive that the strike action was announced on the same day that many health workers were showing evidence on social media of the N450,000 they had received as April 2020 incentive.
“Health workers are being paid Occupational Safety Initiative as follows:
1.High risk staff are receiving a compensation of N15,000 per day.
2.Medium risk staff are receiving N10,000 per day.
3.Low risk staff are receiving N5,000 per day”, according to him.
He also state that ” the Government is also paying a monthly incentive of 10% of net pay to every health worker in its hospitals and primary health centres. In addition, KDSG has paid premiums for insurance package for health workers that raises the death and disability benefits to N5m and N2.5m respectively.
“The insurance package also includes payment of N100,000 per day for 10 days to health workers who get infected with Covid-19.
“The salary deductions introduced in April 2020 apply to evwithne who works for KDSG, from the Governor to the most junior Civil Servant with a take-home pay of more than N50,000 monthly. It does not favour or discriminate against any professional group in the public service.
“This comprehensive show of solidarity applies to everyone employed by the government, and therefore does not exclude health workers”, he said.