Well being professionals and staff in Enugu State beneath the auspices of Joint Well being Sector Unions (JOHESU), on Tuesday went wild with jubilation as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi introduced an upward improve of their Consolidated Well being Wage Construction (CONHESS) from 41 p.c to 60 p.c, efficient from September 2021, regardless of the nation’s financial, safety and public well being challenges.
Gov. Ugwuanyi made the announcement when he addressed a delegation from JOHESU comprising members of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Nigeria Union of Allied Well being Professionals (NUAHP) and Medical and Well being Staff Sector Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), on the Authorities Home, Enugu.
Members of JOHESU had been on the Authorities Home, Enugu, on a Thank-you go to to Gov. Ugwuanyi for his benevolence and unflinching dedication to the welfare of well being staff within the state.
Presenting their handle, the State Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Ezekiel Omeh, advised Gov. Ugwuanyi that “we’re very grateful to the Almighty God who has chosen you, Your Excellency, to actualize the implementation of Consolidated Well being Wage Construction (CONHESS) for the well being professionals and staff in Enugu State”.
Comrade Omeh disclosed that “CONHESS is a dream that has eluded us for the previous 11 years however made actual by you (Ugwuanyi) within the month of Could 2021”, including: “We thanks and salute your political knowledge for use as a vessel to actualize God’s will. We admire your variety coronary heart and present of affection”.
Talking additional the JOHESU Chairman mentioned: “Your Excellency, we’re completely satisfied that immediately, you have got positioned us at par with our friends and contemporaries within the well being business who’ve been having fun with the CONHESS which is the suitable Wage Scale operational within the Nation since 2010.
“We’re conscious that within the earlier instances earlier than your coming in as Governor, the Economic system was adequate to implement CONHESS for us however our agitations for it then resulted in giving us extra pains than reduction.
“To assuage the scenario, Your Excellency (Ugwuanyi) accredited 10 p.c CONHESS in 2018 and in 2021, you accredited extra 31 p.c making a complete of 41 p.c CONHESS.
“You additionally gave us COVID-19 allowance that lasted for upward of 1 yr when different states, together with Federal Authorities, had withdrawn the fee.
“We additionally admire your aggressive funding within the well being sector in Enugu State. To say just a few, we’re impressed and grateful for the transformation of Poly Clinic Asata to Basic Hospital, Uwani Well being Centre to a Basic Hospital, renovation and reconstruction of Udi Basic Hospital, Awgu Basic Hospital and Faculty of Midwifery, Awgu, reconstruction and renovation of Nsukka Basic Hospital, Enugu-Ezike Basic Hospital, the exceptional progress in development of everlasting web site of ESUT Educating Hospital at Igbo-Eno and constructing of latest Basic Hospitals in several Native Governments within the state which might be prepared for commissioning.
“These and different people-oriented tasks are concurrently occurring within the state, all for the betterment of the well being and welfare of the residents regardless of the escalating harsh financial situations and social unrest within the nation.
“You’ve gotten demonstrated how democratic authorities might be run with full participation of the citizenry, together with staff. Therefore our potential to get CONHESS accredited and applied Minimal Wage and its adjustment, COVID-19 allowance, thirteenth Month Wage all by dialogue and your present of understanding, transparency and prioritization of the welfare of staff and residents.
“We admire your responsiveness to the yearnings of the individuals particularly staff. Your disposition to control Enugu State with the worry of God and Rule of Legislation has turned the state to be probably the most comparatively peaceable state within the nation and South East specifically.
Of their remarks, the State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Commerce Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Virginus Nwobodo and Comrade Benneth Asogwa respectively, endorsed the handle by the management of JOHESU, stressing that the employees of Enugu State deeply admire all that Gov. Ugwuanyi is doing for the individuals of the state “on this time of shortage and financial meltdown”.
They added that it was solely in the course of the administration of Gov. Ugwuanyi that the employees of Enugu State go to the Authorities Home with out carrying placards in protest, saying that “we’re in Authorities Home immediately to register our appreciation”.
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