Health Workers’ Strike: Saraki meets ministers, JOHESU leaders

Bukola Saraki
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Friday met with the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; and leaders of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), in a bid to end the ongoing strike by health workers.

The strike called by JOHESU is over a month old and has crippled healthcare delivery in many parts of the nation.

JOHESU, the association of health workers apart from medical doctors and dentists, had on April 18, began an indefinite strike over failure of the federal government to honor the agreement it had with the union last September.

Top on the union’s demand is salary adjustments, a demand Nigerian doctors have vehemently opposed, warning the government that acceding to such demand would precipitate a crisis that may lead to the collapse of the health sector of the country.

According to a statement on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, the Senate president, listened to the grievances and demands of the JOHESU leadership led by its chairman, Biobelemonye Joseph, and pledged the Senate would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.

Mr Saraki noted that it was not in the interest of the country to have its hospitals closed. He assured that the Senate would work with all the necessary bodies to ensure the strike is called off.

“I have heard your remarks, I will spend some time to discuss with you and get more details to see how we can put an end to this strike.

“On our own part, we will bring all parties involved together to ensure that where commitments have been made, those who made the commitments honour them.

“The only thing I can assure you is that we will make sure that the right thing is done and that this matter is resolved,” he said.


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