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Health workers’ strike continues as FG, JOHESU failed to reach agreement

The Nigerian government and the striking health workers, under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), meeting has ended in a deadlock.

The national vice chairman of JOHESU, Mr Obinna Ogbonna, explained this to journalists on Friday in Abuja.

He said that the meeting held at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) shortly after the union’s indefinite strike on Thursday, ended in a deadlock.

The health workers commenced an indefinite strike over federal government’s failure to meet their demands.

Mr Ogbonna said it was pertinent for the union to embark on the strike following the expiration of the ultimatum sent to the government.

He said the majority of persons present at the meeting on Thursday were from FMOH which led to an adjournment of the meeting.

He said:

“On getting to the meeting, we discovered that all of the people, except those from the national salaries incomes and wages commission, were all from the FMoH and the minister who had already taken a position over the matter that it is impossible to give the adjusted CONHESS, was the one who presided over the meeting.”

“We had to tell him that he is an interested party in this matter and for the ministry to have allowed us to declare a strike and according to the labour law, there is a trade dispute already and if a trade dispute is declared, the interested party should not be the one to preside over the matter anymore because you cannot be a judge in your matter,”

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