Nigeria’s Health Ministry defends Jonathan’s sack of resident doctors

President Jonathan sacked all resident doctors in Nigeria on Thursday.

The Federal Government on Thursday defended President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to sack thousands of resident doctors in the nation’s hospitals.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported  how the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, L.N. Awute, sent a memo to federal hospitals ordering that “letters of termination of residency training” be given to all the resident doctors.

Mr. Awute said the directive was based on an order by President Goodluck Jonathan.

On Thursday evening, the health ministry released a public statement defending the president’s action.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Health, Isiaka Yusuf, the directive was without prejudice to any emergency measure that may be necessary for the hospital management to immediately restore full medical services.

Mr. Yusuf said that the sack came after successive attempts by the Federal Government to reach a consensus with striking doctors under the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA.

He noted that despite successive intervention meetings, the NMA had gone ahead with its protracted strike action. He said the strike had brought pain to Nigerians in dire need of medical attention.

The doctors affected are to receive one month salary and allowances. They are also expected to return all hospital property in their possession with immediate effect.

“It should be stressed that the Federal Government has implemented more than 90 per cent of its responsibilities as signed by both parties. At the conclusion of each meeting, the NMA promised to call off the strike but would return another day to say that they could not.

“For the whole of July 2014, these doctors did not work yet government, owing to the emergency situation in our country, paid them the July salaries with allowances such as call duty allowance, teaching allowance, hazard allowance, etc, believing that this magnanimity of government would appeal to reason for NMA to call off the strike,” Mr. Yusuf said.

Describing the association’s strike as insensitive, Mr. Yusuf said it was pertinent to note that the issues under discussion were the current security challenges in Nigeria with the attendant mass casualties compounded by the Ebola disease outbreak.

Mr. Yusuf also said that the Federal Government wished to reassure Nigerians of sustainable optimal medical health care delivery in all hospitals.

However, the President, Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, Jubril Abdullahi told PREMIUM TIMES that the president’s decision to dismiss the doctors was illegal.

He said in the light of the ongoing strike, it was evident that the Nigerian government was not ready for dialogue.

“Whatever the government have done in their reaction to the NMA’s strike means they are not ready for dialogue because while we are engaging them, they have resorted to this,” Mr. Abdullahi told PREMIUM TIMES, adding that his association had about 16,000 members.


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  • Ashibogu

    Make them go find work for Liberia, Guinea and Seira Leone. Yeye people. Dem pay them for work that they did not do and dem take the money. Ole! Who go work their work for them. It serves them right! Unprofessional professionals!

    • La

      You are an ignorant person. Lets see who will suffer for this.

      • Ashibogu

        They are bloody covenant breakers! They took an oath to save lives yet they violate the oath with impunity. I do not know if you are a Christian but even in African religion violating an oath is a serious matter. Workers in Nigeria take 80% of the national budget while 167m Nigerians are left with the 20% remainder. Na wetin self? Make them go! Away with them! It is God that gives a cow that has no tail what to use to chase away flies!

        • La

          You are further confirming your ignorance, how many Nigerians are gainfully employed that they take 80% of the budget? There’s no point in engaging you in any meaningful discussion. I rest my case.

  • cookie

    these guys are actually as important as our security agencies… if those agencies go on strike heaven knows what would happen to our societies

  • gwobezentashi janinjaka

    The drunken fisherman has finally thrown the fish and the hook back into the water!!! If you have a national emergency, why not just pay the doctors their demands so you can focus on the emergency? Instead he throws them out. Who will provide the the sustainable optimal health care in the hospitals that he is assuring us of? Tompolo and Asari or is it Boko Haram? May Allah have mercy upon us with this kind of people running government.

    • Es3

      You mean the “sustainable optimal health” that the doctors were providing before the national emergency came on??? Even if they were not before, when the emergency stole in on all of us as it did, what was the doctors patriotic response to it to ensure your “sustainable optimal health” holds???!

      That reasoning of yours is akin to one that can only come from an individual already high on rice milled gin, which ultimately led to the head being buried in cow dung in the place of a pillow?!

      • redeem

        @WAHALA IS ON HIS USUAL—-VODKA

    • redeem

      The raging cold war between the resident doctors in Lagos and the state government OVER salary adjustment further nosedived yesterday as the leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ordered the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola to immediately sack all the aggrieved doctors and hire new ones.

      Tinubu, who was a former governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 declared that the state government was not ready to come to terms with the aggrieved doctors saying it was not compulsory for them to be members of the state civil service.

      Tinubu, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting with Christian representatives from various churches across the state at Lagos State government meeting with religious leaders held at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, averred that the striking medical doctors who remained adamant to all pleas made by the government should resign from Lagos State employment or be sacked.

      According to him, “the strike by the doctors is more political than actual protest about salary. We discovered that the said former chairman of the Medical Guild, Lagos State chapter, Dr. Ibrahim Olaifa whom they want government to reinstate is now a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for House of Representatives in Oyo State.

      • redeem

        @WAHALA-WAS TINUBU ATI FASHOLA ALSO DRUNK

  • Ijebu man

    This is sad! Now that he has sacked all the resident doctors, where is he going to find the doctors to work or does he think doctors grow from trees! When 2 elephants fight, it is the grass that will suffer. It is only the poor patients that will suffer the consequences. We have a dysfunctional irresponsible government who is incapable of negotiating! And his solution is to behave like the dimwits they all are and sack the doctors. This country has no hope with idiots like these in power!

    • redeem

      THIS WHAT YR IJEBU BROTHERS ALSO DID–The raging cold war between the resident doctors in Lagos and the state government OVER salary adjustment further nosedived yesterday as the leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ordered the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola to immediately sack all the aggrieved doctors and hire new ones.
      Tinubu, who was a former governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 declared that the state government was not ready to come to terms with the aggrieved doctors saying it was not compulsory for them to be members of the state civil service.

      Tinubu, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting with Christian representatives from various churches across the state at Lagos State government meeting with religious leaders held at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, averred that the striking medical doctors who remained adamant to all pleas made by the government should resign from Lagos State employment or be sacked.

      According to him, “the strike by the doctors is more political than actual protest about salary. We discovered that the said former chairman of the Medical Guild, Lagos State chapter, Dr. Ibrahim Olaifa whom they want government to reinstate is now a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for House of Representatives in Oyo State.