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JOHESU: Doctors, health ministry frustrating efforts to end strike

17 May 2018

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in a statement, on Tuesday, frowned at media reports by the executives of the NMA, wherein it took meddlesome interloping in the ongoing negotiations with the striking Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). Isaac Adewole, had confirmed that negotiations were on with JOHESU to end the strike.

He was quoted as saying: "Negotiations are still on with JOHESU and the Minister of Labour is leading the negotiation, and we expect that we will conclude on all issues very soon".

Rufa'i said the youth made the position during a retreat facilitated by CHR, where they urged Buhari to intervene and chart a way for solving the lingering crisis rocking the health sector.

JOHESU which is made up of: Medical and Health Workers Unions of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIA), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes (NASU) has been on strike since April 17, 2018.

The minister accused the leadership of NMA of delaying the peace process between the unions and the federal government.

He said if elected president, he won't allow strike especially in critical sectors of the economy.

The doctors drew the attention of government to the concluding part of their letter no. NMA/PRE/SG/03/0751 of 21st March 2014. "Please take this as a notice".

According to her, the group is urging the president to use the strike embarked by JOHESU to galvanise all stakeholders to a meeting to find a lasting solution to the protracted crisis.

He said:"In view of the above, in as much as members of JOHESU have the right to embark on strike, they do not have the constitutional right to harass other health workers including members of JOHESU who choosed to work and JOHESU members do not have right to lock-up government facilities".

"We are also calling on the Federal Government, Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and the National Assembly, to as a matter of urgency, call the various workers unions to order", Rufa'i said.

JOHESU: Doctors, health ministry frustrating efforts to end strike