On Monday, President Bola Tinubu asked the health union workers who were on strike to come back to work and promised to address their concerns.
“We’ll solve every problem. At a meeting with the Joint Health Sector Unions’ leadership at the State House in Abuja, Tinubu pleaded with them to return to their jobs.
Abiodun Oladunjoye, the director of information at the State House, made this known in a statement he published on Monday under the heading “President Tinubu restates commitment to reviving the health sector.”
The PUNCH reported that the JOHESU had embarked on an indefinite strike a week ago over demands for improved welfare, amongst other reasons.
Tinubu, who stated his administration’s commitment to revive and restore public confidence in Nigeria’s health sector, harped on the importance of the sector and its professionals.
“The health sector is one sector with a commitment to humanity. We will resolve all the problems.
“Trust must be enshrined in all discussions. I promise you, we will accelerate this.
“We will resolve all the issues. Please go back to work,” the President said.
In response, the acting Chairman, JOHESU, Dr Obinna Ogbonna, according to the statement, expressed the readiness of the union to get its members back to work, but urged the President to pay attention to the healthcare delivery system in Nigeria through adequate investment in infrastructure and better welfare for workers in the sector to stop brain drain.
“Mr President, now that we have assurance from the top, we are encouraged to go back and talk to our members with a view to going back to work,” said Ogbonna.
A member of the executive council of the union, Mr Olumide Akintayo, who accompanied the acting chairman to the meeting, also urged the Federal Government to always respond to Labour issues and nip them in the bud before they become full-blown industrial crises.