Dyepkazah Shibayan: Health Workers Declare Nationwide Strike

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have directed their members in federal hospitals to proceed on an indefinite strike.

Biobelemoye Josiah, national of chairman JOHESU, blamed the action on the federal government’s “lackadaisical attitude”.

At a press conference in Kwara state on Wednesday, Josiah explained that the union had given government two ultimatums to respond to their demands but the government failed to do so.

He urged his colleagues to make the strike “total and comprehensive”.

“This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home with effect from midnight of today (Wednesday) even after waiting patiently till this hour on the approval for adjustments of CONHESS.

“We once again appeal to FG to tow the oath of honour and implement all agreements, memorandum of understanding, and courts judgments, while we urge our members at the tertiary health level to make the strike total and comprehensive.

“In the event that no appreciable response is received from the government within 15 days of commencement of the strike by the federal tertiary health institutions, all our members in the states, and local governments nationwide are directed to join the action by September 28.”

This is a setback to the progress the current administration made in resolving the disputes with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).