Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The Joint Health Sector Unions has suspended its strike ‘in principle’ following a meeting with the Minister of State for Labour, Prof. Stephen Ocheni on Saturday in Abuja.
The union is expected to hold an emergency National Executive Council meeting to deliberate on agreements reached with the Federal Government with a view to calling off the strike by Wednesday.
Ocheni, who presided over the second conciliation meeting, affirmed that the FG had agreed to resolve the issues that led to the industrial action.
According to him, the meeting agreed among other things that the government needed to carry out a review of the fiscal and governance matters in the health sector.
The minister disclosed that a standing committee comprising the Ministry of Health, unions in the health sector, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Ministry of Labour and Employment would be put in place to look at critical issues in the health sector.
The JOHESU President, Josiah Biobelemoye told journalists after the meeting that his union has agreed to suspend the strike ‘in principle.’
He said, “In principle, the strike has been suspended but because we have our modus operandi, every issues must be presented to the expanded NEC and as such, in other to make Nigerians have hope that this strike has ended, we have also agreed to invite our expanded NEC tomorrow so we can present this agreement that has been signed for ratification and implementation.”
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