By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Security men and the cleaners at the University College Hospital, (UCH) in Ibadan on Monday morning shut down the hospital over non payment of eleven months salaries owed them by the hospital’s management.
The security men and the cleaners locked all the major entrances to the hospital as early as 7am thereby preventing vehicular movement into and out of the hospital complex .
Also, the protesting security men abs and the cleaners prevented the hospital’s staff as well as the patients from entering or going out of the hospital for hours.
Sources close to the protesting security men and the cleaners told the New Nigerian that the shutting down of the hospital by the workers was as a result of the alleged failure by the UCH management at coming into terms with the protesting workers on the payment of their salaries.
The situation forced many of the hospital’s out patient having appointment with their consultants to wait endlessly while some of those rushed to the hospital on emergency cases were quickly rushed back to the nearby hospitals as the protesting workers were not ready to shift ground .
Some of the protesting workers alleged the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD) Professor Temitope Alonge of intentionally
withholding the fund meant for their salaries by allegedly claiming that
the salaries for the securitymen and the cleaners were not paid directly by the hospital but through an agency which the FG contracted the two departments to.
New Nigerian gathered that at a recent meeting with representatices of the workers, the CMD reportedly promised to pay one month salary to the workers from the hospital’s Internally Generated Revenue while efforts would be made to ensure speedy payment by the agency involved.
Contacted on telephone, the UCH spokesman, Mr Deji Bobade said he was not in the office for the day and could not know what to react to but quickly added that the hospital’s official response might be made on Tuesday.