By Ismaila Chafe
Responding to questions from State House correspondents after the presentation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Ngige said he informed the president of strikes by various unions in the country.
According to him, the president ordered his chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that they resolve the issues with the Union of Judicial Staff of Nigeria (JUSUN) so that the current strike can be called off.
“I must inform the president about the industrial working environment in the country. You know we are in a season of strikes.
“We have the medical residents’ strike stick, actively supported by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). And we have had certain meetings where we have reached agreements in conciliation.
“And I had to inform him before the efforts we make in these areas, as we agreed that the risk tolerance should be reviewed.
And in fact, before going on strike, my ministry and the Presidential Wages Committee initiated what we can call a pre-emptive arrangement to allow for a more in-depth discussion among all stakeholders.
“The Federal Ministry of Health, the Wages, Income and Wages Commission, the health unions, the NMA which heads the National Association of Resident Physicians (NARD), the Association of Dental and Medical Consultants, l ‘Association of general service physicians and others,’ he added. .
According to him, JOHESU would lead the Association of Nurses and Midwives, Pharmacists, Laboratory Technologists and others working in the health sector, under the aegis of the Union of Medical and Health Workers.
“This meeting has started. And we know from our first meetings and from the data that we have, we have an idea of how much money will be consumed or used to effect this change, which is going to be a permanent change.
He said it would not be like what happened in 2020 when the government granted a special COVID-19 allowance, amounting to N20 billion.
“And when we started the payment, it swallowed up a whopping N32 billion. So we are now working to make the health workers feel that they are appreciated and that the efforts are appreciated by the government. So I informed him about it too, ”he said. (NOPE)
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