In an attempt to resolve the dispute between the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Federal Government, which has led to an industrial action, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has set aside Monday, May 28, to meet with the leadership of the health workers’ union.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Media Office of the President of the Senate said the meeting would hold in Saraki’s office at 3pm.
The senate president had last week begun his mediation between the government and JOHESU over the ongoing strike action by the workers, which has crippled Nigeria’s public health care facilities for the past 40 days.
Saraki had held a meeting with JOHESU’s leadership on Thursday afternoon; and later on Friday morning with the Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole.
The statement said since the discussions initiated by Saraki, it was believed that the government had improved on its offers to the striking health workers.
It read, “If it is true that government has improved on its offers to JOHESU, it will be desirable for the health workers to also stretch out a hand of fellowship — in good faith — to meet the government mid-way and accept the offer, so that we can finally resolve this matter and have a win-win situation for the union, the government and the Nigerian people who make use of our public health institutions.”