28 May 2012

Nigeria: Reverse Doctors' Sack, Kaduna Doctors Tell Fashola

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Medical equipment

Kaduna — Doctors in Kaduna State have called on well meaning Lagosians to urge Governor Babatunde Fashola to unconditionally reverse the sack of 788 doctors in his employ or they would join other affiliate bodies to seek justice for the doctors.

Addressing journalists, the Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) through its chairman, Dr. Solomon Avidime said the sacked doctors did nothing wrong by calling on the state government to honor a mutual agreement for the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS).

"Lagos State doctors under its Medical Guild started its advocacy for the implementation of CONMESS between September 2009 and August 2010. In November 2010, the state government signed an agreement to implement CONMESS effective from January 2011, which led to the suspension of strike embarked upon at that time. The Lagos government however, refused to honor its agreement and this forced the Medical Guild to embark on another strike in March 2011. During that period, notable Lagosians waded into the crisis which led to the suspension of the strike and an agreement was reached for the immediate implementation of CONMESS. This latest agreement was signed by Lagos State Commissioner for Health, chairman of the ACN in Lagos and the former governor of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The action of the Lagos State government is draconian, as it is worse than military dictatorship", he said.

The association called on President Goodluck Jonathan, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Lagos State Assembly to intervene in the matter.

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