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Medical and health workers threaten to resume strike

Valentine Chinyem



The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has threatened to resume the strike it called off only a few months ago, over government’s failure in fulfilling it own part of the bargain.

MHWUN President, Biobelemoye Josiah, said this while addressing the 45th session of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

According to him, the Federal Government has continued to show lacklustre attitude in fulfilling its promises, and therefore advised government in the need to urgently meet its demands to avoid total shut down of Nigeria’s medical system.

He said, “The inability of the government to meet our demands especially the payment of skipping arrears will no longer be tolerated by our members.

“We have to prepared ourselves for another round of industrial action. We would no longer take that deceitful story of ‘there is no money’ in the system.

“We appeal to Nigerians to show understanding and support when we finally shut down the hospitals in few weeks from now.

“It’s unfortunate that Federal Ministry of Health made plans for skipping arrears of medical doctors and disregarded our own.

“Worst was that after paying the skipping arrears to the medical doctors which they were not supposed to benefit, they went to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and suggested that skipping be abrogated.

“Even when the Income and Wages Commission advised that medical doctors are not entitled to skipping arrears, the Federal Ministry of Health that claimed there was no money went ahead to pay the doctors skipping arrears.

He, therefore, advised members of the union to be prepared, as they would be called upon to commence another round of indefinite strike if the situation remain the same.

More so, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, who was also at the meeting, advised the health workers to unite against any force that is against their common interest.

He added that privatising the health sector was against the interest of the people and should br frowned upon.