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JOHESU Seeks Health Minister’s Sack, Ngige’s Removal

JOHESU Seeks Health Minister’s Sack, Ngige’s RemovalThe striking health workers (JOHESU) yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to remove Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole.

They alleged that he had taken sides in the ongoing strike.

JOHESU also warned that should the Federal Government go to court, it will pull out of the negotiation.

The union directed health workers in Lagos, Kano, Yobe and Niger States to relax the strike so as to attend to emergencies following the implementation of the agreement by those states.

National Chairman Comrade Josiah Biobelemoye urged the President to set up a new negotiating team to take over from the current one led by Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige.

Biobelemoye said as a medical doctor, the Labour minister is also compromised.

The union said: “The Federal Ministry of Health as led by Prof. Isaac Adewole has constituted itself as a major hindrance to fruitful deliberation as he has never disguised his intention to symbolise the propaganda machine of the NMA through his posturing at all our meetings, which necessitated JOHESU to take a position that the negotiation were structured to fail ab-initio.

“Prof. Isaac Adewole is on record to have insisted that the wage structure in the health sector must reckon with what was obtainable in the 1991 late Prof. Olukoye Ransome – Kuti’s dual salary system (MSS and HSS) which marked the beginning of persistent acrimony until it was corrected through the Harmonised Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (HATISS) and HAPSS in 2003.

“The duo of the Ministers of Labour and Health who are both members of the NMA have taken a position that parity must entail a basic salary differential in the emolument of health professionals and their doctor colleagues.

” As bonafide citizens, we however reject a slave mentality which present salary wages confers on us.”



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