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Medical Interns Comprising Pharmacists And Laboratory Scientists Serving At The University Of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) On Tuesday Staged A Protest Against A Decision By The Hospital To Pay Them Half Salaries.
The Interns Said They Were Forced To Protest After Efforts To Get The Management Of The Hospital To Resume The Payment Of Their Full Salaries Failed.

The Interns Who Protested In Front Of The Entrance To The Hospital Carried Placards With Inscriptions Such As “Pay Us All Arrears, January To May”, “We Are Tired Of Hearing Stories”, “We Need Our 100 Percent Salaries”, “We Are No Different From Those Receiving Full Salaries”, “Jesus Is Not Happy With You”, “Define ‘In Due Course,”, And “Explain Anything Soon” Among Others.

Their Internship Is To End In Two Months, And The Interns Are Uncertain When They Would Be Paid For The Period They Have Worked, According To One Protester Gracious Okunlola, A Pharmacy Intern.
“We Are Working And Our Schedules Are Over Stocked, We Are Over Worked, But We Are Not Getting Our Money. January, They Paid Us Just 60 Percent, The Same Thing In February, March And April. By May, June We Were Not Even Paid And We Were Asking Them, ‘What Is Happening With Our Money’?

“After Months And Months Of Dialogue, The Next Thing We Saw Was A Reduction From 60 Percent To 48 Percent. So We Are Asking Them Questions, ‘Tell Us What Is Happening’, They Are Not Answering Us.
“We Met With The Management On Two Occasions, They Said There Was A Short Fall From The Federal Government”.

Another Protester Who Preferred To Be Unnamed Said, “The CMD Said There Was A Short Fall Due To The Lack Of Money In The Non Regular Account. Let Me Shock You, The Money In The Non-Regular Account Is To Be Paid To Adhoc Staff. We Want Our Money, That’s All.
But The Public Affairs Officer, Offong Offong Who Responded On Behalf Of The CMD Said The Partial Payment Of Interns Was A National Issue.

“It Is A Nationwide Matter. It Is Not A UUTH Matter. We Have Made Our Representation To Government And We Are Awaiting The Outcome Of That Representation.

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