NMA president resigns over strike suspension controversy

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President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Kayode Obembe, has resigned from office.

Obembe in a statement on Friday, maintained that he stood by his action to suspend the nationwide strike which his members embarked upon since July 1.

The Ex-NMA boss, in his three-paragraphed letter, however, appeared to have been frustrated out of office.

The letter reads, “There has been a request for clarification about the two postings from NMA secretariat, on the NMA blog.

“I want to make it categorically clear that I stand by every letter of the document I signed – That the strike was suspended.

“And since upon my integrity and honour, I cannot continue to drive the doctrine of ‘strike continues’, I hereby tender my letter of resignation as NMA president.

“What I have written, I have written.” 

It will be recalled that Obembe in a communique signed by him on Thursday, announced the suspension of the NMA’s nationwide strke with immediate effect.

The  communique which was issued after the group’s Emmergency Delegate Meeting held in Abuja cited the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, as part of the reasons for its action.

Obembe also said the need to attend to victims of insurgency especially those affected by the incessant bomb blasts, also informed its decision.

Besides, the doctors acknowledged  the personal intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan, on the matter, since the strike started on July 1.

It also noted that the Federal Government has met most of its 24 demands and issued about 10 circulars on the matter in the last one month.

It further noted that the government has promised payment of its relativity and skipping within the next four working days.

The communique reads in part; “Due cognizance was taken off the efforts of the Senate, House of Representatives, Governors, Ministers and top government officials in resolving the problem.

“The pains, pangs, groans and cries of 170 million Nigerians cannot continue to be ignored.”



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