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Tinubu begs health workers to call off strike, says all issues would be resolved

President Bola Tinubu has urged health workers under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to call off its ongoing indefinite strike.

Bola-Tinubu, President of Nigeria
Bola-Tinubu, President of Nigeria

President Bola Tinubu has urged health workers under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to call off its ongoing indefinite strike.

Abiodun Oladunjoye, state house spokesperson in a statement said the president made the call during a meeting with the JOHESU’s leadership on Monday.

The union had told all its members to commence an indefinite nationwide strike on May 24.

According to JOHESU, the strike is to compel the government to pay their hazard allowances and meet the salary structure adjustment, among other demands.

In the meeting with the union, the president promised to accelerate the union’s demands and resolve all pending issues.

“The health sector is one sector with a commitment to humanity. We will resolve all the problems,” the president said.

“Trust must be enshrined in all discussions. I promise you we will accelerate this. We will resolve all the issues. Please go back to work.”

Speaking, Obinna Ogbonna, JOSEHU’s acting chairperson, said the president’s assurance would encourage the members of the union and influence their return to work.

He said: “Mr President, now that we have assurance from the top, we are encouraged to go back and talk to our members with a view to going back to work”.

The federal government is also battling with negotiations with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) who are planning to commence a nationwide strike by Wednesday following the removal of the petrol subsidy.

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