Workers of the Ondo State Emergency Medical Services Agency (ODEMSA) yesterday took to the streets to protest against the non-payment of their 12 months salaries by the state government.
The workers converged at front of Governor’s Office at Alagbaka, Akure,the state capital brandishing different placards and chanting songs of protest to register their plights and government’s indifference to their situation.
The agency was established on March 24, 2010, to provide emergency medical pre-hospital (ambulance) and hospital (trauma care) and road services, along crash-prone highway corridors in the state to salvage the lives of accident victims on the roads.
Led by Mr Samuel Aderoju, the protesters defied the drizzling rain and inclement sun that followed, chanting “Pay our 12 months’ salary,” “Rescue us to rescue others on the roads,” “Hunger is killing us.” Others included “Save our roads from death,” “Give our lives priority, and rescue our families,” and “Our job is a life-saving job”
Aderoju said the workers had held several meetings and made appeals to the state government but to no avail, revealing that the last dialogue with the government official in March went fruitless like the previous ones.
His words “They told us that they will pay and later on resorted to verification to know if there were ghost workers among us, yet no positive result; our salaries are not paid yet.”
He said all efforts to meet Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had hit the rock. His words “so we have come here to embark on civic and peaceful protest to get the governor’s attention ourselves since we were prevented from seeing him.
Aside payment of salaries, they also condemned the non-implementation of their permanency especially workers in the Vehicle Extrication and Call Centre units whose letters had been approved by the past administration.
Aderoju said “The permanency has been approved by the immediate past administration but the present government refuses to implement it and also fail to make money available for us to carry out our operations effectively.
“There are five bases situated along Oka-Akoko, Owo, Ilara-Mokin, Bolorunduro and Ore with 40 call centre agents and 80 extractors, while there are other units like the paramedics, driving and data processing.”
By: Babatope Okeowo, Akure
New Telegraph News
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