As the nation is about to ease the sigh of relief over 5-month strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), the Nigerian medical Association (NMA) ultimatum to commence nationwide strike is just around the corner.
In view of the Saturday December 14th deadline given by the association for the Federal Government to meet its terms or plunge the nation into another round of strike, a lawmaker has alerted the Federal Government against imminent collapse of the health services across the country, stating that the strike is avoidable.
The Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy, Hon Segun Olulade warned that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health should not wait until the medical and dental practioners embark on strike before resolving the issues leading to the strike.
According to reports, NMA alleged that efforts made by the association to engage the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health in peaceful resolutions collapsed due to what NMA described as unserious approach and attitude of leadership of Ministry of Health who seem to be less bordered about the potential crisis which may erupt in Nigeria’s health sector from Saturday December 14th 2013.
In Olulade’s words, “the nation has witnessed too many strikes and it is high time government starts to respect agreements with its employees under the agies of various associations and unions.
“I appeal to NMA to reconsider its deadline and allow more time for reaching a meaningful conclusion with the Federal Government in order to avoid loss of innocent lives in the country”.