by Lekan Olanrewaju
Governor Fashola is clearly not one to bluff. Just a few days after expressing his displeasure at the current strike action being undertaken by doctors in Lagos state, he has made good on his threat to sack those involved.
Doctors in the state under the aegis of the Medical Guild had embarked on an indefinite strike to demand the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS. The government, however, refused to give in to their demands, with the governor stating that the whole ordeal was “very painful” for him, and going on to threaten to fire the striking doctors.
The state government has wasted no time in putting those words into action, as the doctors have now been served with dismissal letters.
The letters were dated Friday, May 4, 2012 and signed by the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Professor David Oke.
“The committee therefore recommend your dismissal from service in accordance with the provisions of the civil service rule No 04502, 04507 and 04508.” reads an excerpt. “The board has therefore approved your dismissal.”
“Therefore you are to convey the possession of the properties of the state government in your custody to the Chief Medical Director CMD.”
This, according to the Chairman of the Lagos chapter of the NMA, Dr Edamisan Temiye, is due to the fact a negotiating team has been set up to find a solution to the problems as soon as possible.
“We wish the team concludes negotiations within the shortest possible time so that doctors can go back to their duty posts,” he said.