As posted by the State Commissioner for Health and Confirmed by News Blogs Across the Country
In a development that can at best be described as unprecedented, we are pleased to inform the public that the #NewDirection Government of His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello has fully implemented REVISED CONMESS as the new salary scale for Doctors in Kogi State. Besides Delta and Benue States and FCT, no other State in Nigeria has implemented the full revised CONMESS salary scale! While this administration continues to make bold strides in the Health sector with life-touching projects such as Top-Notch Health Facilities Development, 21st Century Disease Prevention/Control Initiatives and other highly impactful Health Programs like Social Health Insurance/BelloCare, the importance of manpower can not be overemphasised to ensure those infrastructures/programs provide quality and efficient service to the general public. It is therefore no doubt that this landmark decision is a first and beautiful step in the right direction as such welfare boost will not only serve as a motivation for Doctors in the State but will also attract other Doctors to the State.
All the accolade and praises goes to His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello for his unrelenting support to the Kogi State Health Sector as part of his resolve to ensure all Kogites get quality and affordable Health Care service. He has demonstrated beyond any chance of questioning that he is indeed a visionary leader who puts the interest of the people at heart.
The Doctors on their part have extended their unquantifiable gratitude for such an august consideration that has never happened in the State, and have resolved to put in their very best to help Kogites in every way possible through their health challeneges.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has commended Kogi State Government for the implementation of 2014 revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), and proper placement of doctors in the Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja, and the entire state-own hospitals at large.
The commendation was made in a statement jointly signed by the Leadership of the North Central Caucus of NARD, the Leader, Dr Abdulquadri Idrisu; and the Deputy Leader Dr Emmanuel Bola Jonah Kelvin, on Monday, in Lokoja.
According to the statement, in the last one year, NARD had reached out to the government on the need to implement the CONMESS, both directly and from Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), KSSH Lokoja, ably led by its Immediate Past President, Dr Emmanuel Bola Jonah Kelvin.
“We are glad to note that each of our communications with the government, had set up cascades of events.”
“The government acted on our letters, communique’s, press releases, ultimatum and strike actions on the subject matter with a heart of understanding,” the statement reads.
They also commended the government on the giant strides on infrastructural development in the health sector so far and urged the government to sustain the effort.
The association noted that even though NARD was not yet where they wanted to be in Kogi State, they were glad that a huge step had been taken, and expressed their gratitude to the Kogi State Government.
“No doubt a major step in solving brain drain in Kogi State has been achieved, we look forward to consolidating these gains, with sustained investment in the health sector.
“The implementation of the new minimum wage and promotions are still outstanding. We are hopeful and expectant that in the near future this will also be the thing of the past,” NARD said.
The association expressed their unbridled appreciation to His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, for the gesture, assuring their total commitment to saving the lives of the people of the state.
The association also thanked the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu; the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Idris Ashiru; the State Auditor General, Mr Okala; and the State’s Accountant General, for their unalloyed support.
They further extended their appreciation to the immediate past and present NMA-KOGI Chairmen; Dr Kabir Zubair and Dr Oyiguh Omakoji respectively alongside their SOC.
“We appreciate the President of NARD, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa and the National Officers Committee; the immediate past President of NARD, Dr Aliyu Sokumba and all our medical elders for their guidance in this struggle.
“Special appreciation to the CMD of Kogi State Specialist Hospital Lokoja, Prof. Yahaya Adagiri, the CMAC, Director of Administration, the HOD account and the OC salary. Past and present ARD KSSH Presidents; Dr Peter Nathaniel, Dr Audu Ademu and Dr Jimmy Idama, just to mention a few, for providing great leadership in this struggle.”
Kogi resident doctors commend govt on implementation of CONMESS, proper placement of members
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