Nigerian health workers vow to continue strike

Striking health workers used to illustrate the story

Health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, and Assembly of Health Professionals Association, AHPA, have vowed to continue their two months old strike.

The pledge came as the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, on Wednesday decried the ongoing strike by public sector health workers, describing it as unjust.

The Deputy Secretary of the association, Lagos state Chapter, Peter Ogunnunbi, said in Lagos that the strike was driven by rivalry with medical doctors.

But in a communiqué from a meeting with the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, on Wednesday, JOHESU urged members not to be deterred by “intimidation”.

The communiqué, signed by National General Secretary, Ogbonna O.C, said, “It was observed that up till now the government had not done anything to meet this promise. JOHESU arising from the meeting resolved that the strike should continue until government accede to our requests.”

They also agreed that fasting and prayer sessions will be held in various units and state branches on Tuesday.

Some health workers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Abuja told PREMIUM TIMES that the session were held in their states.

Port Harcourt members held theirs at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

During the sessions, members were expected to ask God to touch the heart of the Nigerian government to accede to the unions demand.

After the prayer session, the members will embark on mass rallies in different state capitals on January 21. They will also conduct press conferences and briefings.

On January 22, professional associations will hold mass rallies, press conferences, briefing, informing the media with the happenings in the Health sector.

The Presidents of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC will be contacted by the union to facilitate a meeting with Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Also, traditional rulers and all well-meaning Nigerians will be contacted in reaching out to the president.

The union will also write a reminder to the Nigerian government reminding them of the promise made to JOHESU on December 22, 2014.

The Federal Government had in December promised that within three weeks, steps would be taken to improve the salary structure of the health workers.


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  • Eze1

    These aguys are never tired of strike, please explore other alternatives..

  • Ukpaka

    This is very personal to me. My mom was involved in a car accident with broken bones. She is in a private hospital now but I know there are better federal orthopedic hospitals she could have been in if not for the strike. It’s disgusting to know the president is out there campaigning for another term when people are dying needlessly. We have to demand more from our government irrespective of your political affiliation. I know our people are numb to other people’s pain as long as they are not personally affected. This is really sad. The president and his family and other well-connected government officials have access to treat their immediate family overseas and the rest of us are left to die here. I feel sorry for this generation. I hope this coming election is an opportunity to right the wrongs in this country. We could do better. We don’t have to send our children to Ghana because I believe we can do better for ourselves…….we just have to put aside the ethnic and religious hatred that has held us back for years. Even when we disagree, let’s disagree for a reason and not because of one’s religion and ethnicity.