FG to intervene in Lagos doctors’ crisis, says Labour Minister

Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola

Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, says the Federal Government will intervene in the ongoing labour crisis between the Lagos State Government and the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

The minister said in Abuja on Wednesday that already, talks are underway between the relevant stakeholders on the matter.

“My state office has intervened. I gave them a mandate to intervene. 

“I am holding a meeting on Thursday, I am going to discuss with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Medical of Medical Doctors (NARDs).

“After that meeting on Thursday which is a proactive means of meeting with the union at the national level, I intend to interface with the
state government to encourage them to continue to dialogue,” the minister said.

Mr. Wogu said that the ministry has not been properly briefed on the details of the terms of engagement between the sacked doctors and the Lagos State Government.

He, however, noted that the crisis is between the employer and the employee.

Mr. Wogu said that since the matter is not at the national level, he has no categorical reasons for the sack of the doctors.

“The employer is Lagos States Government and the employees should be the one to come up with their terms of agreement. Nobody has check to ascertain if each party has violated the terms of agreement but what is put in the public is just the issue of sack,” he said.

He urged all concerned to encourage dialogue and peace in the interest of all.

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