The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme, has said that he acquired an obligation profile of about N3billion from the previous organization of the medical clinic driven by Prof Thomas Agan.
Revealing this in a gathering with the contractual workers, the new CMD bemoaned his powerlessness to pay the temporary workers, accusing the enormous obligation profile deserted by his antecedent.
He, in any case, bid for their understanding and collaboration as the two months old administration under his authority will work out an installment plan for them.
“We welcomed you to offer your understanding. We are merely battling now. Furthermore, it’s a battle to get moving and getting the spot to work as it should. We have additionally guaranteed you that we will typically put aside a specific level of our profit and enable it to amass when it gets to a particular level we will call you and attempt to check and pay you in clumps regardless of how little; based on first started things out serve.
“Along these lines, the man who was owed since 2010 will normally be viewed as first. We will set up a council, and occasionally they will ring you. We are likewise going to have a database of our temporary workers so that those of you, who are as yet intrigued to work with us, will be enrolled and when we have employments we will go to that pool and get them”.
“I don’t figure any CMD will get a kick out of the chance to acquire an obligation profile of N2.5Billion to N3Billion. On the off chance that we have, we would have paid you a whole like one million each; no matter how you look at it to demonstrate to you that we are focused on paying and will join forces with you. Be that as it may, we don’t have” the CMD expressed.
He further stated, “We won’t mislead you. This administration won’t deceive you. When we have, we will let you know. Give us some time. We are filling in as hard as we can to guarantee we settle or possibly start the way toward settling the obligation. We comprehend the challenges even in your families that some can’t pay school charges and different obligations.”
Prof Ikpeme lamented that the medical clinic just progressed and the well-prepared emergency vehicle was appropriated by court request in light of obligation and has been in the court premises for such a long time. “Those ambulances were 36 in number that the Federal Government procured and offered one to every administrative showing emergency clinic and Medical Center.
“We got one. It’s about the best-furnished rescue vehicle with cutting edge life-bolster offices. This emergency clinic did not utilize it for a half year before it got appropriated by a Court Order obtained by a contractual worker. I beg any of you that might be included, and it would be ideal if you pull back the request and we will pay you. We can’t, and I don’t accept any emergency clinic can scheme to disintegrate a pharmaceutical organization. We don’t have an assembling outlet.
“Out of N2.5B to N3b obligation, what we owed pharmaceutical organizations are not up to N200million. We will pay. The point of our drug store is to have like 90 to 95% of our pharmaceutical needs. It’s been great up until this point. A portion of the things we are engaging, we have begun doing them as of now” the CMD said.
It would be reviewed that the emergency clinic owed more than one hundred contractual workers who had worked for her in quite a long while. As indicated by our discoveries, the clinic owed sums hurrying to a few billions of naira.
Talking independently, the temporary workers, complimented by the new CMD on the different advances taken since he continued office in April 2019, taking note of what he has revived and reestablished the certainty of numerous on UCTH the board and appealed to God for his definitive achievement while in office.
“We had never had this gathering in numerous years we have been doing tasks with the medical clinic, and we lauded the new administration for having us at the top of the priority list,” the contractual workers said.