The Umuahia -Aba road was blocked by the Abia state Hospital Management Board (HMB) workers which caused a serious traffic jam within the Federal Medical Center Umuahia area and to the Golden Guinea company axis Abia Pulse News online reports
Candidreporters.com gathered that in front of the HMB gate ,the chairman of Allied Action Committee Hospital Management Board , Comrade Chikezie Echeta , said they were protesting the non payment of their salaries by the Abia state government.
According to him , ”We are angry because we are owed 19 months salary arrears and we want our governor and the world to know about it
”We are very angry because we have responsibilities to take care of ,so let them pay us “
Supporting his position, the chairman of Nigeria Civil Service Union Abia HMB branch,comrade Chibundu Okoro Alozie ,decried government attitude towards the HMB workers , saying there is no genuine reason why they are being owed.
His words, ”We are owed 19 months salary arrears and there is no genuine reason given for owing us , because other ministries are paid regularly but they do not pay us .
”We are resilient and committed to our duties but the challenge is that we are not motivated.
”Another issue is that, previously the Head of HMB which is the office of the chief executive was being occupied by the oldest doctor in HMB, who knows the challenges of the board ,but now government appointments outsiders to occupy this sensitive position, including the director of finance and these outsiders do not understand the challenges of HMB and it is affecting the way things are going on”