The Nigerian Union of Allied Healthcare Professionals, on Tuesday, ended its seven-day warning strike with a warning that a nationwide strike would commence if the Federal Government failed to accede to the demands of the union.
National president of the union, Dr Obinna Ogbonna, who addressed the press at the University College Hospital(UCH), Ibadan where he announced the expiration of the ultimatum given to the Federal Government, said the union was still awaiting government’s circular to implement an agreement on the adjusted salary of all health professionals, as it had been done for members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Among the demands of the union, yet to be met by the Federal Government are payment of arrears on skipping of CONHESS 10 since 2010 in compliance with a court judgment, promotion of some NUAHP members from CONHESS 14 to 15 and appointment of members as Chief Medical Directors of various tertiary hospitals as against permanent ceding of the position to members of NMA alone. The body also alleged that some departments of government hospitals were being privatised, adding that it would take healthcare services away from the reach of common man.
While explaining that NUAHP members would wait a few more days to ascertain the position of the Federal Government on its demands, Ogbonna said strike was the last option on its card, adding that it was regrettable that it has been the only action that could bring government to the negotiating table.
He said the issues raised by the union had been in existence since the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Today (Tuesday) is the last day of the warning strike and from all indications the Federal Government is not ready to meet our demands,” he said.