Nigerian Government cautions against industrial actions in health sector

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on health professionals to desist from incessant industrial action which has now become a usual occurrence in the health sector.

It says labour dispute are better resolved through dialogue rather than strike and violence.

The caution is contained in a circular signed by the Director Human Resources,  Mr Danjuma Kurau,  addressed to the Chief Executives Officers of University Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and other Tertiary Health Institutions  under the Federal Ministry of Health.

The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole said that incessant labour disputes have been ravaging health sector despite efforts made by the present administration to revive the healthcare system.

Adewole said that “Health sector is one of the essential services that are prohibited by law from embarking on strike action. However the Federal Ministry of Health has been subjected to so much ridicule and embarrassment as a result of frequent strikes by the different professionals that make up its work-force”

However, the Hon Minister assured all health workers and other related services that their welfare will be adequately and responsibly catered for by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister therefore warned that henceforth any staff who chooses the path of strike in enforcing his/her demand should not be paid salaries and allowances within the period of strike.

“In order to revert to path of decency and discourage impunity, all Chief Executive Officers of agencies and hospitals under the supervision of the Ministry are to strictly, enforce the No Work No Pay Policy as contained in section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act, CAP T8, law of the Federation of Nigeria”. Prof. Adewole, added.

Nnenna.O