I didn't ask resident doctors to forfeit salary arrears - Ikpeazu

Victor Okezie Ikpeazu, Executive Governor of Abia state has said he did not ask resident doctors to forfeit their salary arrears
Emeh Joy

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has denied saying he asked resident doctors in the state to forfeit their salary arrears.

It was earlier reported that the National Association of Resident Doctors said the Abia State Government owes its members 16 months' salary arrears.

NARD also said that governor Ikpeazu had asked the doctors to forfeit the 16-month salary arrears so he can start implementing the new minimum wage for doctors in the state.

The Publicity Secretary of NARD, Dr Stanley Egbogu had disclosed this during an exclusive interview with PUNCH Healthwise while speaking about the recently suspended strike embarked by members of the association.

However, the Governor, who spoke through the State Commissioner of Information, Chief John Kalu has refuted the claim via a statement titled, "Ikpeazu never asked resident doctors to forfeit salary arrears".

"We wish to categorically state that contrary to the claim by the National Association of Resident Doctors, at no time did Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, or Abia State Government ask resident doctors or any other worker of the state to forfeit any salary arrears.

"The administration is determined to continue to support ailing state parastatals to pay workers regularly and clear due arrears", Kalu said.

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