Protesting resident doctors attached to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State last week cried out to the Federal Government and threatened to join the MMM ponzi scheme if nothing is done to help them.
The doctors are protesting over unpaid four months salaries owed them by the Federal Government, threatening to withdraw medical services to patients on November 15.
It was gathered that the protesting doctors, under the Association of Resident Doctors said though they have met the management of the Federal Medical Centre over the issue, the responses were not encouraging, Vanguard reports.
The protesting doctors were led by their Chairman, Dr. Nonso Okoye, and armed with placards some of which reads “Our Families are hungry”, FG pay our salaries” and “We are hungry, MMM is becoming an option”, called on Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government to pay up salaries owed them.
According to the protesters, they were paid 52 per cent salary from February to May, 2016 and owed September and October.
“We want the Federal Government to pay us our monies. We have not withdrawn services. All we are saying is for the government to pay us for work done.
“Nigerians should prevail on the Federal Government to pay us. As much as we don’t want to withdraw our services, we have resolved to withdraw the services by 15th of November if nothing is done.
“We have met with the management but all they did was pay us a month salary. They told us that the budget available cannot pay salary,” the protesters said.
When contacted, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Dennis Alagoa said the blame is not from the management, but added “with Tuesday statement by the President, we are assured that the issue will be resolved soon.”