Briefing reporters in Abuja after the failed meeting with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Coordinator of JHSU, Comrade Faniran Olukayode said the strike would commence immediately as the 15-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government expired yesterday.
Faniran, who is also the National President of Nigerian Union of Pharmacist, Medical Technologist and Professions Allied to Medicine (NUPMTPAM), said: “We just finished meeting with the Federal Ministry of Health headed by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Fatima Bamidele. We gave them 15 days ultimatum and we went to the meeting to see if they will meet our demands. But after meeting with them, there is need for the strike to commence immediately.
“We are hereby informing the good people of Nigeria that having presented our demands to the Federal Government through various Health Ministers since 1980 and especially the past three years without any serious commitment to meet them, we have no other option other than to embark on an indefinite strike to press home our demands as a last report.”
He listed the issues in contention to include: non-skipping of salary CONHESS 10; National Health Bill; Presidential Committee Report on Harmony in the Health Sector; Promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15; Consultancy and Specialist Allowance and Call/Shift and other Professional Allowances.
Others grey areas, he said, include: request for implementation of 2008 Job Evaluation Committee Report; re-constitution of Board of Managements of Teaching and Other Tertiary Hospitals; need for review of retirement ages and appointment of Ministers of Health.
The Joint unions are made up of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutes (SSAUTHRIAI).
Others include Nigerian Union of Pharmacist, Medical Technologist and Professions Allied to Medicine (NUPMTPAM), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU).