Health workers in the country may commence an indefinite strike on Wednesday, after the 15-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government expires.
The workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations had on February 1, 2016 given the government a 15-day ultimatum with effect from February 3, 2016 to accede to their 10-point demands or risk nationwide strike.
One of their demands is that the heads of federal health institutions should be designated “Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, against the present Chief Medical Directors.”
The ultimatum was contained in a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita and copied to some security agencies was signed by JOHESU’s Chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah and expires on Wednesday.
Part of the letter had read:
“It is our hope and desire that the Federal Government would take necessary steps to ensure that our demands are met on or before Tuesday February 17, 2016, in order to forestall the impending avoidable industrial action.”