- FG has kicked against the strike action by JOHESU
- Reacting to the strike in a statement, FG said the action is unnecessary
- FG described the ongoing strike as "inimical and illegal", saying it is ill-timed for the health workers to strike amid current Covid-19 crisis
The ongoing strike action by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has been described as ill-timed and unnecessary by the federal government.
Speaking through his deputy director of press and public relations Charles Akpan, minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said the health workers cannot proceed with the strike due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Ngige said the federal government is still committed to the welfare of members of the JOHESU and further added that the strike will only bring more damage to the health sector.
The minister, who described the strike as "illegal", also noted that going ahead with the action is in clear contradiction to the ILO Principles and Conventions on Strike.
"Any strike now is inimical to an equable settlement of the dispute, bearing in mind especially that this is a grave period of a pandemic where the federal government has spent about N20 billion to pay April/May 2020 and an additional N8.9 billion for June 2020 on Covid-19 hazard and inducement allowances respectively to all categories of health workers that are mainly JOHESU members," part of the statement read.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shehu, Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Central, condemned the order by the Ministry of Health to replace the striking doctors with medical consultants on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
In a tweet on Thursday, September 10, the former lawmaker described the statement credited to the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, as "absurd and impracticable."
Ehanire, in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, September 9, had given the directive to chief medical directors and managing directors of federal tertiary hospitals to “immediately” commence the use of consultants and doctors on NYSC scheme to provide routine services.
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