The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) yesterday asked government to pay their outstanding salary arrears going back years.
The outstanding payments include promotion arrears, arrears accruing from call duty and relativity and arrears from level skipping that’s been practised for years in the health sector.
The union, in a communiqué after its national executives met in Abuja, said the arrears were accumulating and “long overdue.”
The union has also demanded a change in the appointment of health ministers—insisting both the positions of “minister of health” and “minister of state for health” should not be occupied by “medical practitioners only”.
“One should be occupied by a member of allied health professionals, to create balancing and full participation of major stakeholders in policy foundations in the health sector,” the union said in communique, signed by its president Obinna Ogbonna.
It said the health ministry must audit healthworkers and recruit more staff to fill gaps in health workforce “due to retirement, resignation and death.”