24 September 2013

Nigeria: Doctors Extend Ultimatum to Government to Meet Their Demands

At the end of an emergency meeting on Monday, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, resolved to extend the 21-day ultimatum it gave the federal government to meet the demands contained in the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, the union signed with the government. The ultimatum had ended on Monday.

The National Executive Council of the NMA said it is extending the ultimatum by another 14 days due to the "prompt response" of the Federal Government to some of its demands in the MOU.

"NEC further noted the formal inauguration of a Committee headed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Goni Aji, on Friday, 13th September 2013 by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, with a mandate to look into the issues raised by NMA and make recommendations to Government within four weeks."

The medical workers, however, say the irregularities in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) is still persisting and, in fact, widening "despite previous assurances by the Federal Government to rectify the problems."

The association also "express dismay" at the suffering endured by its members due to the delayed payment of several months of salaries and allowances owed them as a result of the inherent problems with the implementation of the IPPIS.

According to the MOU, government agreed to correct errors in the appointment of board members for federal teaching hospitals.

The government also agreed that it has erred in the appointment of a doctor as the chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

The NMA warns that if the issues were not resolved at expiration of the 14 days extension, it would "take appropriate actions as she deems fit without further warning."

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