The Lagos state house of assembly on Monday, September 22, 2014 ordered its health committee to probe claims that salaries for the month of August 2014 were not paid to resident doctors in the state, according to a report by Vanguard.
The move comes on the heels of a petition by the signed by the chairman of the Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Babafemi Thomas.
In the petition, which was read on the floor of the house by Ganiyu Abiru, the clerk of the house, Thomas besought the legislators to prevail on governor Babatunde Fashola to remit the doctor’s salaries for peace to reign, adding that doctors in other states who had taken part in the NMA strike were paid their salaries.
House chief whip, Rotimi Abiru said the NMA had raised a valid issue, urging the house to take a critical look at the demands of the doctors, adding that the committee on health should be mandated to probe the claims.
On his part, house leader, Ajibayo Adeyeye disclosed that resident doctors in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) were not given their salary, asking for a prompt response to the issue in order to forestall another strike.
Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the speaker of the house who presided over the plenary sitting gave an order directing the committee on health to investigate the claims by the NMA and report back to the house in one week.