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Health workers suspend one week strike in Gombe

Comrade Abdulsalam Yakubu alongside other officials of JOHESU addressing the press.

William Attah, Gombe

The Joint Health Sector Union and Assembly (JOHESU) workers in Gombe State says it has suspended its one week old strike action.
According to the Gombe State Chairman of JOHESU, Abdulsalam Yakubu, the suspension followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding with senior officials of the Gombe State Government who promised to meet their demands.
Addressing Journalists, Abdulsalam said officials of the Union had an extensive meeting with the Gombe State Government led by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manasseh Daniel Jatau and the Secretary to the Gombe State Government (SSG), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi.
Also at the meeting where the State Government agreed to implement the Union’s six point demands were the Head of the State Civil Service (HoCS), Alhaji Bappayo Yahya and the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Gana.
Abdulsalam said the six point demands which the Union and the State Government signed, a copy which was made available to Journalists, shows that the Government had approved the implementation of the upgrading of all it’s members by November 2020.
The memorandum also shows that the promotion of the members that are due was in advanced stage while for the long awaited promotion of Primary Health Care Workers, it said, Government will engage the Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) through a committee to be set up between Government and the unions.
Also in the agreement signed concerning the internship programme for Nurses, it said the Head of Service had raised a memo to the State Governor for his consideration.
Other issues in the memorandum read thus; “For the implementation of the remaining 10% of the old minimum wage to the Local Government Health Workers, all stakeholders will be engaged for implementation.
“On the restoration of new minimum wage, the Government is already in advance discussion with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
“Domestication of risk allowance due to covid-19, Government is looking at the possibility of implementing it.
“No member will be victimized for participating in the strike action”, the Chairman stated adding that they will be forced to resume the strike action if there is no implementation of the agreement by the end of November 2020.

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