Following the intervention of the minister of state for labour and employment, James Ocholi SAN, the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), has extended the date for the planned industrial action by its members.
The health workers were expected to embark on a nationwide strike yesterday after the expiration of an earlier 7-day ultimatum demanding implementation of past agreements reached with government.
The decision to extend the dateline for the planned industrial action was reached after a prolonged meeting which had in attendance: the minister of state, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs) Amina Shamaki, permanent secretary, service policy and strategy office in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Nuratu Batagarawa, chairman, National Salary Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule and the executive members of JOHESU led by its chairman, Comrade, Biobelemoye Josiah.
In his remarks, the minister, James Ocholi appealed to the leadership of JOHESU to give him 30 days to study the antecedents of the issues in demand in order for the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to be able to proffer lasting solution to the protracted industrial unrest in the health sector.
After extensive deliberations and due considerations from both sides, the trade unions conceded 21 days extension for the commencement of the proposed industrial action which the minister reportedly accepted.