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FMC Doctors threaten strike over kidnapping

Robert Awokuse

Following the spate of kidnapping of medical workers in Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria, resident doctors of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, have threatened to embark on strike if the state government fails to contain the crisis.

Speaking in a phone conversation with  Global Patriot Newspapers (GPN), the President, Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Bolarinwa Olawale, described the recent abductions of some of its members as alarming and unacceptable.

According to him, a situation whereby civil servants going to their places of work are kidnapped with huge ransom paid was unacceptable.

He urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to beef up security in the state as the Chief Security Officer.

Olawale said the association with other unions will not hesitate to down tools if the government fails in its primary obligation of securing lives and property.

It would be recalled that a pregnant medical doctor with two other staffers of FMC, Owo were last week kidnapped and later released after few days following payment of substantial ransom.

Some others have been abducted at the same axis in recent times with resident expressing fears over safety of the route.

Olawale said: “In view of this, we are lending our voices to the cry of (NMA), NBA in Ondo state that Akeredolu should please ensure that security apparatus occurrences in the state.

“While appreciating the efforts of the security agencies in the state for their swift response, we wish to state unequivocally that we may not be able to guarantee industrial harmony if the government refuses to put in place visible and effective measures which will help curb the activities of these kidnappers”.

The president appealed appropriate measures should be put in place to forestall future occurrence of kidnappings in the state.

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