Presidency seem to has finally bowed to pressure from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to appoint a surgeon-general of the federation asthe association’s demand that the call duty allowance of doctors running into billions of naira being sorted out.
These were some of the major decisions taken at the fourth meeting convened by the president yto avert a strike billed to begin on January 6.
To this end there are indications that the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, may not go ahead with its planned strike, as a result of this development.
Rising from a 9-hour meeting in Abuja, the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, said that the Federal Government had fruitful discussions with officials of the Nigerian Medical Association and that the planned strike was no longer necessary.
“The purpose of the meeting is to avert the other strike which they (NMA) have given notice (of), and we held a successful meeting from yesterday up till this morning.”
The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, also corroborated the claims: “The resolutions were mutually accepted, and they promised to talk to their members with a view to averting the strike. We hope that will come to past.”
The NMA President, Doctor Osahon Enabulele, in an interview with Journalist, said that the organisation has indeed reached some understanding with the government.
He added that the government’s positions were subject to its members’ consideration, as the issues discussed at the closed door meeting would be presented before the emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the association.