In a bid to curb the strike and make the nation’s health sector effective once again, the Senate has intervened in the ongoing industrial strike action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today met with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, to hear their own side of the issue, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU yesterday, where he gave listening ears to their grievances and demands.
While meeting with the JOHESU leadership led by its Chairman, Comrade Biobelemonye Joseph, the President of the Senate, had pledged that the Senate would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.
In a statement issued in Abuja by Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, Saraki’s meeting with Adewole and Ngige was meant to hear their side of the issue and to forge a way forward
During his meeting with the leadership of JOHESU, Saraki explained the Senate and indeed the National Assembly would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.
He noted that it is not in the interest of the country to have its hospitals closed while he pledged that the Senate would work with all stakeholders to ensure that the strike is called off.
Saraki said: “Our interest here in the Senate and the National Assembly in general, is to find a solution to this problem. It is not in the interest of the country for us to have our hospitals closed and we must work to ensure they are reopened promptly.”