President Bola Tinubu Appeals to Striking Health Union Workers to Resume Work, Assuring Resolution of Grievances
President Bola Tinubu has called on the health union workers who are currently on strike in the country to return to their duties, assuring them that their concerns will be addressed. During a meeting held at the State House in Abuja on Monday with the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), President Tinubu expressed his commitment to resolving the identified issues in order to optimize the system’s performance.
“We will address all the problems. I urge you to go back to work,” President Tinubu stated.
Last week, the JOHESU initiated an indefinite strike to demand improved welfare and address other concerns. Additionally, the Nigerian Labour Congress announced a nationwide strike scheduled for Wednesday following the discontinuation of petrol subsidy.
In a statement titled ‘President Tinubu restates commitment to reviving health sector,’ Abiodun Oladunjoye, the State House Director of Information, revealed President Tinubu’s dedication to revitalizing and restoring public trust in Nigeria’s health sector. He emphasized the sector’s significance and the importance of its professionals.
“The health sector is a sector dedicated to serving humanity. We will resolve all the issues. Trust must be at the forefront of our discussions. I promise that we will expedite the process. We will address all the concerns. Please return to work,” appealed President Tinubu to the union leaders.
Acting Chairman Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, expressing the union’s willingness to have its members resume work, requested that Tinubu prioritize healthcare infrastructure investment and improve welfare for workers in the sector to prevent a brain drain.
“Mr. President, now that we have received assurance from the top, we are encouraged to engage with our members and encourage them to return to work,” stated Ogbonna.
Accompanying the acting chairman to the meeting, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, a member of the union’s executive council, urged the Federal Government to promptly address labor issues before they escalate into full-blown industrial crises.