Nigerian nurses call-off planned strike

NIGERIA – The Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called off its planned three-day warning strike, which was scheduled to begin on Monday, January 10, 2022.

In an interview with the State Chairman, Comrade. Julius Awojide, he revealed that the strike has been called off because the Congress must meet by 12 noon on Monday.

Congress will meet by 12 noon to decide whether to continue the strike, as the Lagos State Government has promised to meet all of our demands,” he said.

We have been meeting with government representatives since Saturday, and the majority of the issues raised have been addressed, while we will leave room for implementation,” he added.

When asked how long it will take the government to implement their demands, Awojide stated that some of the promises made in response to the demands have been placed on a timeline, “so we are going to abide by the timelines as stipulated by the government.”

Although fillers from some nurses show that a percentage of nurses are opposed to shelving the strike because they prefer immediate responses to a prolonged response.

Some of their grievances include acute shortage of nurses which has overstressed the few ones in services.

“Resolving the acute shortage of nurses and midwives, retention of incentives to arrest turnover rate, proper consolidation of CONHESS Salary Structure and improved working conditions.

“More than 496 out of 2350 nurses employed by the Lagos State Health Service Commission left between 2019 and 2021 and with less than 15 percent due to statutory retirement.

“Out of the 500 vacancies approved for recruitment by the Lagos State Governor for the Health Service Commission recently, less than 300 applied. This is a country with 33.2 percent unemployment rate.”

“It is certain far much less would actually take the job. Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) experienced the same fate in its own recruitment and it will be same for the Primary Healthcare Board when it starts its recruitment,” they asserted.

According to NAN, Lagos NANNM chairman Olurotimi Awojide stated at an emergency meeting of the association on Monday that the planned strike has been suspended to allow the government to fulfill its promises.

The association also demanded that the agreement reached with the Lagos state government be implemented as soon as possible.

Awojide expressed confidence that the demands of the association would be met immediately and praised Sanwo-Olu for his prompt response.

He ordered all nurses in the state to report to their respective duty posts at 8 a.m. on January 11.

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