Government raises teams to halt strikes in health sector
*Nigeria, Ireland to collaborate on youth empowerment initiatives
The Federal Government has raised two committees with a view to halting further industrial crises in the health sector.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who disclosed this in Abuja when a Federal Government team that had Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Minister of State for Health, Dr. O. Ehanire, Chairman of the National Income, Salaries and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Clement Illoh, set up the committees to look into the issue of the circular on salary adjustments and the payment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure skipping arrears.
Speaking after the meeting, Ngige said: “We have set up two committees; one is to look into the issue of JOHESU demands for relativity Circular to enable them get reasonable wages while the other is to look into the issue of skipping because members of the Health Sector Unions, Nurses and Midwives Association, Laboratory Association want to skip a particular grade level?”
He revealed that the Nigerian Medical Association also made a joint position on skipping, hence the need to harmonize the positions in the spirit of collective bargaining, bearing in mind the extant economic downturn in the country.
Similarly, the Minister of Health, Prof Adewole emphasized the essence of peace in the all-important health sector, promising that “this is the beginning of lasting peace. We wish to take every complaint on board . We will look at them critically in a way that will remove any form of interruption in the national healthcare delivery.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria and Ireland have agreed to collaborate in the area of training for youths as a way of reflating the the economy.
This training, according to the Irish Ambassador, Sean Hoy, will be in the areas of education and technology.
Speaking when he paid courtesy visit on the mMnister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, at the weekend in Abuja, Hoy stated that his country was willing to collaborate with Nigeria in its plans to diversify its economy. According to him, diversification does not stop at only the natural resources but rather on building the people.
He said the collaboration will create systems for the youths to share models with their counterparts from Ireland.
Responding, the Minister stated that the Nigerian government will strengthen existing cordial relationships with the Republic of Ireland, especially at this time when efforts are on towards diversification of the economy utilizing science and technology.
The Minister reiterated that the move is also aimed at building indigenous capacities.
Dr. Onu affirmed that part of the Ministry’s mandate is to ensure that Nigeria becomes a leading economy through value addition to the education of Nigerian youths especially in the area of Science and technology.