The government of the State of Osun said on Thursday that it is aware of the claims by the Nigerian Medical Association over issues of welfare where its leadership has accused the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration of insensitivity to their welfare.
A statement by Semiu Okanlawon, Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor said “This is far from the truth. This government has engaged the doctors, perhaps, more than any other category of workers in the state, on the need to equally be sensitive to the hardship foisted on the finances of the state especially since Nigeria as a whole entered into its trying period of economic recession.”
The statement stressed that Osun government has developed perhaps the most ingenious formula for satisfying the needs of its workforce within the limit of the available resources.
This, it said was what necessitated the setting up of a revenue apportionment committee led by a former labour leader in Nigeria and veteran labour activists on the continent of Africa, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu.
“On the state of the health facilities, the doctors must be fair enough to admit that the health sector of Osun has witnessed a huge improvement since the coming of this administration.
“Apart from the huge investment of about N1.8bn for the upgrading of the state General Hospitals, this administration has ensured that health care safety and emergency measures are improved as with the provision of the state-of-the-art ambulances across the length and breath of this state.”
The government said that as a professional body whose duty it is to safe lives, it expect and continue to implore the doctors to see themselves as partners with the government in the overall task of ensuring the sanctity of lives which the doctors also swore an oath to protect.
“We hereby wish to reiterate for the umpteenth time, that the Rauf Aregbesola administration remains a labour-friendly one and we have always called on all groups, including the NMA to be sensitive to the prevailing economic situation across the land while the government continues its relentless efforts to make the best of the situation we have found ourselves as a country.”