The Association of Borno State Doctors issued a 21-day ultimatum to Governor Kashim Shettima to implement the revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS, and pay four years’ arrears. Yesterday in Maiduguri, the Chairman of the association, Dr. Bukar Abbagana in a meeting said the government had failed to implement the new structure since 2014 and when doctors across the country were on strike for non-implementation of CONMESS, no doctor in Borno went on strike. The ultimatum, which commenced on January 8, will lapse on February 5.
The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia said the state government is ready to pay the outstanding allowance and could have done so last year due to the ongoing verification. Speaking to newsmen during a briefing at Eye Clinic Conference Hall, Hospital Management Board Maiduguri, Dr. Mshelia added that the resident doctors have never been denied their salaries or allowances due to the significance of their job. He also said Governor Shettima has held meetings with the executive members of the association.