Medical Graduates currently under-going one year compulsory internship in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) have appealed to the Federal Government and relevant authorities to settle backlog of salaries owed them by the institution.
They said this on Wednesday while speaking to Journalists on their plight in Calabar.
Mr Remigius Nwazuo, one of the spokespersons said that the interns were going through tough times because of the situation.
He also claimed that the little money that had been paid to them fell short of what was contained in their appointment letters.
“Our appointment letter was dated October 2020 but we commenced registration in November.
“And from that November 2020 till today, our salaries and arrears have been inconsistent, even when we have just two months left in our internship programme.
“Despite all our efforts in engaging the management through dialogues and peaceful protests, we had just received paltry sums which includes, N17,750 in April; N16,500 in May; N64,350 in June and N34,954 on 02/08/2021, captioned June and July, ” Nwazuo said.
According to him, the amounts were not at variance with what was contained in our appointment letters.
“To us, this cannot be compared to the large chunk of the arrears owed us, ” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Doba Gideon said that the over 350 interns in the UCTH have been living under subhuman condition due to lack of money to take care of their needs.
He said that series of meetings with some professional bodies in the hospital have been held with the management to resolve the issue, adding that management had always insisted that lack of funds from the Federal Government was the problem.
“Management has always blamed our ordeal on the lack of funds from the government, ” he said.
Another intern, Mr Chukwudi Frank appealed to the Federal Government to come to their aid by resolving the matter as they just have two months to disengage and proceed to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“Our current situation may jeopardize our chances of being moblised for NYSC in November.
“We appeal that the Federal Government should look into this issue and see that our money is released since the hospital has consistently pointed fingers at them, ” he said.