3 June 2016
Medical doctors in Nasarawa State, northern Nigeria have commenced an indefinite strike over the refusal of the State Government to correct their salary structure.
In a news briefing held today in the State, this decision was confirmed by both Dr. Friday Omolei, Chairman of Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and its Secretary, Dr. Peter Attah.
The doctors claim the strike was as a result of the Government’s failure to correct their salaries in alignment to the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the association prior to the strike, issued a one-week notice to the State Government on May 26.
According to Omolei, the hard decision had to be taken by the association as the Government failed to respond to the demands put forth since 2014.
NAN reports that other issues such as non-promotion of some doctors after 14 years in service, the demand for allocation of 15 per cent of the State budget to the health sector prompted the strike action.
“From January 2016 till date, there has been mass exodus of doctors from the employment of Nasarawa State Government due to poor remuneration and high tax regime.
“So far, 43 doctors have left since January this year while 17 others have applied to disengage from the state government employment, ” Omolei said.
Omolei added that the association was open to discourse, but would not return to work until its demands are met.