ABAKALIKIâ€”CONTRARY to insinuations in some quarters that the Ministry of Agriculture has stopped the payment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure, CONHESS, to National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members posted to the Ministry because it wanted monetary inducements from them, the state government last weekend declared that the stoppage was done because of lack of approval.
Addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Steve Orogwu, said it was wrong for veterinary corps members posted to the Ministry of Agriculture to allege that they were being victimised and marginalised over the issue of non payment of CONHESS, adding that there was no state in the federation where CONHESS was being paid to corps members.
He said: â€œIt is wrong for the vertinary corps doctors to alleged that I stopped their salaries based on CONHESS because I demanded a percentage of the money or so; first and foremost I never had any direct contact with them as to make any demand from them and the issue of CONHESS payment to doctors were never formally approved by Ebonyi State Government.
â€œBut what I did was to give provisional approval until the state government comes up with a policy direction on that; but as at now, the state government policy now stands at the uniform payment of N5000 as salaries to corps members as their stipends for the month except in the Ministry of Health where some medical doctors are being paid something above N5000.â€
According to him, the initial approval given for its payment to corps members in 2012 was provisional until the state government decided recently to suspend it completely as no state in the federation is making such payment to corps members.
His words: â€œWe carried out investigation to know the reality of that payment. Among all the states in Nigeria, there is no state that is paying that; as rich as Lagos, Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom and other state in the country, non of them pays this particular package.â€-Vanguard
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