Doctors not part of strike, we are on duty – NMA

*As Labour, SGF hold meeting over strike

By Nudoiba Ojen

The Nigerian Medical Association on has said it is not an affiliate of the organised labour and its members are attending to patients who need healthcare services.

The NMA, in a press statement signed by its National Secretary-General, Dr Benjamin Egbo, stated that though the association is not an affiliate of the organised labour, it shares the pains and hardship Nigerians are grappling with.

“The NMA has not declared a strike action, hence doctors will be at their duty posts to attend to clients who desire to use health services.

“The NMA uses this avenue to call on government as well as all stakeholders to consider the plight of the average Nigerian and do everything possible to address the issues that have led to the present impasse,” the statement partly read.

* Labour, SGF meeting ongoing

This is as report says the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, is currently engaged in a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Organised Labour to halt the ongoing strike action by workers.

The meeting involves key representatives from the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.

A source said, “The NLC and TUC have been invited for this meeting. We are here now to hear from them.”

Although the specific agenda of the meeting has not been disclosed, it is widely believed to be focused on issues surrounding the national minimum wage and the ongoing nationwide strike.

Recall that the Labour declared an indefinite nationwide strike starting from Monday, June 3. The decision was driven by the Federal Government’s failure to finalise negotiations on a new national minimum wage and its refusal to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariffs.

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