Abuja doctors may suspend strike as House of Reps intervenes

Abuja doctors may suspend strike as House of Reps intervenes

- The House of Representatives holds a meeting with representatives of the Abuja striking health workers and the management of the Federal capital territory

- The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, pleads with the health workers to consider the effect of the industrial action on the larger society

- Gbajabiamila says the House will not sit back and allow health workers to be denied their entitlement

Doctors and health workers in Abuja may call off the recent industrial action they embarked on following a meeting the House of Representatives held with representatives of the striking health workers and the management of the Federal capital territory (FCT).

Abuja doctors may suspend strike as House of Reps intervenes

Gbajabiamila says the House will not sit back and allow health workers to be denied their entitlement
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At the meeting on Tuesday, March 17, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, pleaded with the health workers to consider the effect of the industrial action on the larger society, especially at this period of global health challenges.

The representatives of the striking health workers told the legislators that their grievances bordered on the failure of the FCT management to pay arrears of some allowances due to some of their members, non-payment of salary to some members employed since October 2019, irregular and incomplete salary payment of members since the management of FCT migrated to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in January 2020 as well as promotion arrears issues.

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Gbajabiamila told the health workers to permit the intervention of the House to prevail. He said the effects of the strike would have serious impact not only for FCT residents but for the country as a whole.

The speaker said the House would not sit back and allow people to be denied their entitlement.

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After the meeting, the FCT management agreed to ensure that all salary payment issues with the IPPIS are resolved and the health workers would be captured by the end of April 2020.

In response, the representatives of the health workers said they would strive to convince their members to call off the strike.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has confirmed its third case of coronavirus in Lagos as the deadly infection spreads more across African countries.

The new Covid-19 case was disclosed by the commissioner of health in Lagos state, Professor Akin Abayomi via his official Twitter handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Tuesday, March 17.

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According to the health commissioner, the patient is a 30-year-old Nigerian woman who returned from the United Kingdom to Lagos on Friday, March 13.

She reportedly observed self-isolation upon her return, developed symptoms and has been tested positive.

Abayomi said the patient is now in isolation and receiving care at Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba. The commissioner noted that tracing of all passengers and all those who may have come in contact with the latest case has commenced.

Legit.ng notes that the latest Covid-19 case is not connected with the index case, an Italian, and the second case, a Nigerian who had contact with the Italian.

In a similar report, a young Nigerian lady, Ayishat Akanbi, has confirmed the death of her cousin, who is a medical doctor.

In another report, amidst the fear of coronavirus that has gripped several countries across the world, popular Nigerian clergyman, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua aka TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has come out to ease the fears of his congregation and members of the public.

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The man of God recently made some declaration while he was preaching at the Sunday service of his church which held on March 15, 2020.

According to Joshua, the coronavirus is going to make its way out of the world just like it came.

Explaining himself in more specific terms, the clergyman categorically stated that before the end of March, the virus will become a thing of the past, and this will not be because of any cure that medical experts may have come up with.

According to the SCOAN religious leader, by Friday, March 27, the virus will be no more.

Joshua said: “I came out at the beginning of this year saying last year will end in March and the year will continue to be very fearful till this month March. This month 27th, it will be over. By the end of this month, whether we like it or not, no matter the medicine they might have produced to cure whatever, it will go the way it came.

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“If it is not a medicine that brought this to the world, medicine cannot take it out. It will go the way it came.”

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