JOHESU Strike: No End in Sight as FG Rejects Demand of Health Workers

End Strike or Lose Your Job - Minister Warns Striking Health Workers

The Nigeria Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has described the demand of officials of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as unrealistic and unacceptable.

The minister said this in a statement released on Monday. He revealed the current administration is ready to address their demands by adjusting the salaries and wages of health workers.

The statement reads, “As a responsible government, we will do everything within our power to bring the ongoing strike action to an end as quickly as possible,” read a statement Olajide Oshundun, health ministry assistant director of information, issued on Adewole’s behalf.

“Indeed, the federal government has put machinery in place to ensure that the strike is called off by meeting with JOHESU officials on several occasions.

“But what JOHESU is asking for is parity with medical doctors which is neither practicable nor acceptable to the federal government.”

The minister refuted the claim that there was an agreement between the Federal government and the union.

“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will not renege on any agreement entered into with any labour organisation including JOHESU,’’ he said.

He therefore appealed to the union to call off the strike immediately in order for the panels set up to look into the agreement do their work.