- Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has once again intervened in the planned strike action by resident doctors
- Gbajabiamila said he would not fold its arms while resident doctors embark on strike at this time of COVID-19 pandemic
-The Speaker also assured that the resident doctors' training would be captured in the 2021 budget
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has once again intervened in the planned strike action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Gbajabiamila said the leadership of the House would not fold its arms while resident doctors embark on strike at this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, Gbajabiamila held several meetings with the resident doctors and other health workers union and convinced them not to embark on a planned strike at the time.
NARD had issued an ultimatum to embark on strike on Monday, next week, following what it said was government's inability to fulfil certain obligations.
Part of the issues in contention were outstanding payments on hazard allowance, arbitrary disengagement of 23 doctors at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital, non-provision of life insurance despite the death of some doctors from COVID-19 among others.
But Gbajabiamila, in his intervention, appealed to NARD to tarry a while, stressing that government was working assiduously to meet their entitlements.
Recall that Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representing Enugu North senatorial district, says there is no going back on the Health Emergency Bill in the Senate.
Utazi said this on Monday, June 8, during the Townhall meeting on the Control of Infectious Disease Bill.
“I want to say that there is no going back on this bill. We are already set on a voyage and all we want is informed input into this bill," the senator said.
Meanwhile, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicates that 42 per cent of hitherto employed Nigerians lost their jobs due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report which was published on Friday, June 5 was titled COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone Survey (COVID-19 NLPS).
It stated that the impact on employment and income had been widespread as “respondents who were working before the outbreak reported that they were not currently working due to COVID-19.”
In another development, Nigeria's iconic musician, Chief Bongos Ikwue, has called on Nigerian and world leaders to find a way to appease the earth over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chief Ikwue gave the message at the weekend, to commemorate his 78th birthday anniversary, which was held at a low key ceremony in Otukpo, Benue state.
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