Christ Ngige Warns Nigeria Medica Association Over Regular Threats, Says It Is No Longer A Joke
Chris Ngige, who is the current minister of labour and productivity has issued a serious warning to the new appointed leaders of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, to henceforth as a matter of urgency “meddlesome interloping” in the in the dialogue that is ongoing between the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU and the Nigerian government.
He warned that such middling with the serious matter of JOHESU health workers at a time like this is unbelievable and this makes it unacceptable to the Nigerian government.
The Director of Press to the Nigerian minister of labour, Prince Samuel Olowookere, issued the statement on his boss behalf also warned that issuing regular threats to the government over the strike cannot be taken by any serious government as the current administrations are all out to create a lasting solutions to all industrial actions without prejudice to any sector.
In the statement, the Chris Ngige was quoted as saying, “The attention of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has been drawn to media reports credited to the new Executive of the NMA, wherein the body has taken to meddlesome interloping in the ongoing negotiations with the striking Joint Health Sector Unions.
“The Minister wishes to state that in trade unionism, such meddlesomeness arising from an unhealthy inter-union rivalry will adversely put pressure on social dialogue mechanism, clog the wheel of progress and in this instance, retard the return of industrial harmony in the entire health sector.
“Hence, the NMA should desist from further interference of any form, in the ongoing negotiation and stop issuing threats to the Federal Government as it is firmly resolved to achieve a lasting industrial peace in all sectors without prejudice to perceived group interests.
“Besides, I wish to appeal again to JOHESU to call off its strike as the CONHESS table that corresponds with the 2014 CONMESS adjustment with medical doctors has been appropriately addressed by the National Salary Income and Wages Commission and given as an offer in the spirit of equity.
“I therefore plead that you consider the tragic consequences your action has already brought on the vulnerable patients in hospitals across the nation.”