Activities in Hospitals in Ekiti State have been paralyzed following the strike action called by medical doctors to press for the payment of their five months’ salary arrears.
But following the intervention of the governor, Ayodele Fayose, the unions have restored only emergency services at the hospitals.
The governor, who is away in Abuja, pleaded with the unions to wait till Monday when he would have returned to the state for a proper resolution of the crisis.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Fayose on receiving the notice of the strike put a call through to the leadership of the unions, seeking a relief window until Monday so that the issues could be discussed and resolved.
The Association of Resident Doctors and the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners issued a notice of the strike action on Wednesday saying the 21-day ultimatum given the government had expired.
But the governor said he never saw the ultimatum until he arrived Abuja on Wednesday.
Acting President of ARD, EKSUTH, Tunji Olaoye, said the strike would continue notwithstanding the intervention of Governor Fayose.
He said the emergency services would however be restored until Monday hoping that the issues would be resolved.
“We hope that the issues will be resolved by Monday, if not the emergency services will be removed and there will be a total strike,” Mr. Olaoye said.
ARD and NAGGMDP are affiliates of the Nigeria Medical ASSOCIATION, NBA, which is not a member of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, as a result they did not join the earlier general strike called by NLC and TUC.
But the Joint Health Workers Union of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital is a part of NLC, but sought to be left out of the ongoing striking after negotiating with the government to be paid their January salary.
ARD and NAGGMDP however, claimed that the 21-day ultimatum predated the strike called by the NLC.
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, confirmed that the conversation between the governor and the striking doctors took place.
He said talks were ongoing between the government and the doctors but no breakthrough had been achieved.
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