Nigerian Government averts industrial action in health sector

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Federal Government of Nigeria has averted a planned industrial action by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

JOHESU agreed to extend the dateline for the industrial action following the intervention of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi SAN.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, appealed to the leadership of JOHESU to give him thirty days  to study the antecedents of the issues in demand in order for the Present Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to be able to proffer lasting solution to the protracted industrial unrest in the Health Sector.

After due considerations, the Trade Unions conceded twenty-one  days extension for the commencement of the proposed industrial action which the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi , accepted.

The decision to extend the dateline for the planned industrial action was reached after a prolonged meeting which had in attendance; the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs) Amina Shamaki, Permanent Secretary, Service policy and strategy office in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Nuratu Batagarawa, Chairman, National Salary Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule and the Executive of JOHESU led by its Chairman, Comrade, Biobelemoye Josiah.

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