NLC intervenes to end doctors’ strike in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has intervened in the ongoing warning strike by the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association with a view to ending it.

The Chairman of the NLC in the state, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, disclosed this to newsmen in Lafia on Tuesday.

Adeka said since the three-day warning strike commenced on Monday, the NLC had been engaged in several meetings with the state government and the NMA leadership in order to resolve the issues.

He stated, “We have met with the deputy governor, the chairman of the State Board of Internal Revenue, the Head of Service and others.

“By the grace of God, the efforts of these stakeholders will yield positive results that will make everybody to smile at the end of the day.”

The chairman noted that the union was already working towards addressing some of the demands of the doctors.

“Already, we have reached an advanced stage in implementing the promotion of all the civil servants in the state, including the medical doctors,” Adeka said.

He, therefore, expressed optimism that the ongoing negotiations would end the strike and guarantee a sustained industrial harmony in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that doctors in the state, on Monday, embarked on a warning strike over government’s alleged nonchalance to their welfare.

NAN also reports that the union is not happy over career stagnation of its members, high tax deductions and 22 months of unpaid arrears of the corrected salary structur, amounting to over N400m.
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