Nigerian state, Osun approves new salary scheme for health workers
London, Feb. 19, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Osun state Government has approved 100% implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for all categories of health workers in Osun state.
The CONMESS is applicable to medical and dental officers, Medical Consultants and Veterinary Officers, while the CONHESS is applicable to all health professionals and health workers in the Ministry of Health and in all the state health facilities under the Hospitals Management Board.
The new salary structure, according to the government, puts an end to eight years of agitation for salary increment by medical workers. It is also part of government’s determination to stem brain drain in the health sector, curtail industrial action and bring succour to health workers.
Speaking on this new development, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, described the Osun government’s decision as timely and humane, saying it is in furtherance to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s promise to revamp the health sector and prioritize workers’ welfare.
He said the new salary structure would go a long way to improve the general welfare of health workers, thus, improving service delivery.
Isamotu recalled some of the challenges facing the health sector, saying the issues of losing medical doctors to greener pastures would now be a thing of the past.
The gesture will not only prevent brain drain but makes the health sector more attractive, appealing and rewarding to the health practitioners.
“With the approval of the revised CONMESS and CONHESS, the state can now compete favourably with our peers anywhere in the country”, Isamotu said.
“As we all know, the agitation for the revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure known as CONMESS and Consolidated Health Salary Structure known as CONHESS had been on for close to eight years now, and with this approval, our doctors and other health workers would begin to live a better life.
“So, I must commend Mr. Governor on this feat as this would go a long way to redefine the health sector for efficiency, proficiency and effectiveness”, Isamotu said.
Oyetola presents N1.2billion bonds to retirees
Meanwhile, Governor Oyetola has presented a total sum of N1.2 billion naira bonds to all categories of retirees in the State.
The fund, according to the Governor, is for the payment of terminal benefits of some retired workers under the Contributory Pension Scheme.
Presenting the bonds in Osogbo, the state capital, Oyetola said the government would continue to bring smiles to the faces of all categories of workers.
He expressed deep appreciation to workers for their commitment and dedication to service, assuring them of government’s continued support.
Oyetola described the pensioners as a significant population and elder citizens who have contributed significantly and meritoriously to the uplift of the State.
Speaking on behalf of the retirees, the Head of Service, Dr. Festus Oyebade Olowogboyega, commended the administration of Governor Oyetola for giving priority to the welfare of pensioners whose footprints serve as inspiration to active workers in the State civil service.