Oshiomhole Increases Health Workers’ Salaries

OshiomholeEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has increased the salaries of health workers in the state by five per cent

The Governor made the pronouncement on Friday when he invited members of the Joint Health Workers’ Union to the Edo State Government House.

Governor Oshiomhole said that though, the state capacity to pay salaries has not increased, the government decided on the increment of workers’ salaries because of the harsh economic realities.

Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Agbonlahor Osaretin, pledged the workers’ commitment to duty in line with the motivation received.

Health Workers Union Threatens To Commence Industrial Action Thursday

NMAThere appears to be no end in sight for the crisis in the health sector in Nigeria, as the Joint Health Workers Association has threatened to down tools from Thursday.

The union told reporters on Wednesday that the planned strike was called to press for the implementations of agreements reached between the union and the government two months ago.

The chairman of the union, Dr Wahab Ayuba, complained that the government had failed to implement court rulings and agreements over salaries harmonisation, promotions and the imposition of consultants in teaching hospitals who they claim now usurp administrative roles in the hospitals.

Patients in most government hospitals across the country would be subjected to hard times as the strike would result in an end to major medical services in government hospitals across Nigeria.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had in August suspended a nearly two months strike, after it said it reached an agreement with the government.

The issues in the sector were thought to have been resolved after the NMA called of the strike, but the health workers’ planned strike raises fear that it has not ended.