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By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA – THE Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, Thursday night relaxed its four weeks old strike in Lagos, Kano and Yobe states to accommodate emergency services.

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The union said that the decision to relax the strike in the three states as a show of appreciation to the state governments for meeting the clamour and terms of settlement demanded by the unions.

Speaking to journalists at a press briefing, the National President of JOHESU, Biobelemoye Josiah, also called for the immediate sack of the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; accusing him of posing as a major barrier to the resolution of the on-going nationwide strike of health workers.

His words: “It is paramount we seize this discourse to specially convey deep appreciation to State Governments which have gone ahead to meet the various clamours and terms of settlement in agreements with government. This include Yobe and Lagos State which have now adjusted the CONHESS Scale as demanded.

“We specially commend the Lagos State Government for approving the consultancy cadre for pharmacists in its employment. Just like the Niger State Government did with pharmacists since 2012.

“The JOHESU also expresses gratitude to the Kano State government for ensuring good welfare package for its healthcare work force in addition to the intervention of His Excellency Governor Ganduje to ameliorate the on-going strike action.

“We urge our members in Lagos, Yobe and Kano to tactically relax the strike to accommodate emergency services in those states as a measure of goodwill.

“President Buhari should immediately remove Professor Isaac Adewole from office, as his continued stay remains a major barrier to the resolution of the on-going nationwide strike of health workers. This is a major threat to Public Health especially at a time that the dreaded Ebola disease is currently rampaging in some African Countries.

“The Federal Government must energise the deadlocked negotiations between the JOHESU and Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment with genuine conciliators who have national interest.

“Specifically, a befitting budget to offset the already compromised three options presented by JOHESU to the Federal Government on May 16, 2018 must be made available through interventions facilitated by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“We demand an immediate implementation of the terms of settlement of the September 30, 2017 agreement.”

We’ll boycott further negotiations, if….

On the order by the National Industrial Court directing members of the union to suspend their on-going strike, and resume duties across the nation within 24 hours, Comrade Josiah said: “We have not been served any court notice. But if it happens that the Ministries of Health and Labour in any way sponsored the ex-parte motion that brought about the court order, we will boycott further negotiations.

“The two ministries lack the moral right to take JOHESU to court for any reason, having disobeyed no less than eight court orders in favour of the union.”

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