PRESS RELEASE
Doctors’ Salaries: CHRAN Meets Head of Service

The Government of Akwa Ibom State has assured that the outstanding salary arrears of the 22 medical doctors who were employed by it and posted to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) for their one year mandatory Housemanship will soon be paid.

This assurance was given by the Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien, when he received members of the Center for Human Rights and Accountability Network (CHRAN) who led the affected medical doctors on an advocacy visit to him on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at his office.

In a CHRAN’s Press Release issued by the Director and Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Otuekong Franklyn Isong and Comrade Vincent Aluu, respectively, on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, the Head of Civil Service stated that the matter is receiving necessary attention and soon, the arrears will be cleared.

He explained that the issues was caused by the discrepancies in the different dates on the doctors’ appointment letters, saying that the matter had been rectified.

Elder Essien thanked the human rights group for visiting him to find out the situation of the matter, noting that the Governor has approved for the arrears to be paid. He called on the medical doctors to exercise patience that the payment will be made. He appealed to the doctors to make themselves available for appointment in the state public hospitals after their NYSC.

On its response, the CHRAN through its Director, Franklyn Isong, commended the Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, for approving the payment of the backlog of salary arrears of the 22 medical doctors.

The CHRAN, however, appealed to the Governor, saying that the medical doctors should be paid as soon as possible to enable them pay and obtain their practicing licenses, and get mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on time.

The CHRAN thanked the Head of Service for granting them audience, expressing optimism that the arrears will be settled on time as promised by the Head of Service.

The CHRAN pointed out that Pastor Umo Eno is a new Sheriff in town and a listening Governor, who has started very well by engaging critical stakeholders on his ARISE Agenda, expressing the hope that the Governor will end well if he continues to listen to critical and constructive opinions of the people.

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