Scores of midwives in Lagos State today stormed the Lagos State Governor’s office and the Lagos State House of Assembly to protest the refusal of the Lagos State Government to pay them their 20 months salary arrears. Armed with placards, the midwives, under the aegis of Midwives Service Scheme, MSS, expressed their displeasure over the non payment of their entitlements since January 2013 to date.
Some of the placards carried by the women read: “Reduced Maternal and Child Mortality, midwife is the answer, pay us our allowances” “MSS midwives demand payment of salaries, Jan – December 2013 and Jan – December 2015,” “Governor Ambode, Pay MSS allowances,” “MSS midwives, no pay, no work, Gov. Ambode please pay our salaries,” among others.
Mrs. Beatrice Iloegbunam, spokesperson of the protesters stated that they were employed by the federal government in 2010 to work under the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs to help to reduce maternal and child mortality in the villages. But sadly they have not been paid since January 2013. She also stated that their salary was a joint effort of the Federal Government and the State Government.