MEDICAL doctors in Abia state have today suspended their six months industrial strike to enable the present administration offset the backlog of unpaid salaries.
The state’s chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) had embarked on strike on December 8, 2022, in protest of the perennial non-payment of their salaries.
Speaking today, the Chairman of Abia NMA, Dr Isaiah Abali, disclosed the suspension while briefing journalists at the end an emergency meeting in Umuahia, the state capital.
He noted that the administration of Governor Alex Otti had severally promised to offset all salaries owed doctors in the state.
Abali noted that Doctors in the Abia state University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Hospital Management Board (HMB) and Ministry of Health were being owed between 23, 16 and two months salaries respectively.
He regretted that the past administration did not make any reasonable and acceptable commitment to the course of offsetting the salary arrears.