Nigerians have reacted to the statement credited to the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun who described as irresponsible, the decision of residents doctors of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu in their demand for wage increase.
According to a video clip that went viral and obtained by StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com, Gov. Abiodun posited that he was disappointed in the doctors for demanding wage increase at a time the state and the rest of the world were struggling to contain the spread of the novel Covid-19 pandemic.
In reaction to the video, some Nigerians who commented on it were of the opinion that the governor should have adopted the part of patience and distance himself from the use of such language he used on the viral video.
They say doctors are professionals that no one can’t do without, even when they are demanding for crazy requests, “one needs to play along with them, rather than taking them to the cleaner as done by the governor.”
Recall, in the video, the visibly angry Ogun State helmsman who noted that the doctors’ demand might have political inclinations, chastised the medical practitioners, saying they should be more concerned about people’s welfare than clamouring for money.
His words on the the video, “I find it difficult to believe that when we are all putting our thinking caps on, trying to figure out what to do and how to do it, any set of people will be irresponsibly requesting for a wage increase. And these set of people are people that we have entrusted out health to at a point like this. I am very disappointed, I think, that is what I will say for now.
“I am beginning to wonder and it is being speculated that this may actually have political inclinations, these people may be politically sponsored. I am yet to believe it but at this point in time, anything is believable.
“If you see people who are educated, people who went to medical school, people who graduated, whose charge is to look after people, that is what they are charged for; that is what should be paramount to them not money, and we have done our best.
“That day, I authorised the use of PPE to them, face mask and everything. I increased their hazard allowance by 300%.”
In a statement that likely in response to Hon. Adekunle Abdukabir Akinlade’s recent advice to Gov. Abiodun that he should make the health sector priority at a time like this, Abiodun said, “I read in some medium that someone said Gov. Abiodun should better focus on the health sector against constructing roads and constructing schools. And I think it is a joke. People just at times talk without even thinking.
“In this country, we are ranked very high in our level of preparedness for this Covid. Like I said, we are only number four in testing in this country.
“I did not get a penny to acquire a laboratory. We did everything through self help. Our isolation centres are considered… WHO said what they saw in Ogun State was simply amazing and what we have done is definitely a legacy post-Covid; and then someone says to me that I am focusing on roads and schools that, I am not focusing on health care. Can you see everything is political?”
The Iperu-Remo Prince stated further, “You know I am not in the habit of responding to baseless and frustrated people when they talk carelessly. But this time it is very painful when it borders on health.
“I don’t know what those doctors want, I am sure that other doctors are wondering what they want, but I can assure you that we will not be subject to anyone’s blackmail. That’s all I can say.”