Nurses, midwives protest exclusion from 40% pay rise

The National Association Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institution sector, has decried the exclusion of its members in the recent 40 per cent pay rise for federal workers.

The association expressed its displeasure in a statement on Sunday by its National Chairman, Mr Morakinyo-Olajide Rilwan.

Rilwan said the attention of nurses and midwives in federal health institutions was drawn to the 40 per cent pay rise and they found their oughtright exclusion as an aberration and an attempt to cause crisis in the system.

Rilwan said nurses and other health workers had been calling for salary adjustment since 2016, with several committees set up to this effect but nothing had been done.

He said the Federal Government had no justification to exclude some sections of civil servants, especially in the health sector from the pay rise since everyone, including the workers, patronise the same market and pay same bills.

He said the action was also coming when there was an exodus of nurses and midwives out of the country for greener pastures with aftermath effect of increase in workload on the few nurses on ground.

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