By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Joint Health Sector Unions, (JOHESU), Kaduna state chapter has called off its 40 days industrial action and in line with the national office directive has ordered all its members to immediately resume work.
The Chairman of the Union in the state, Comrade Ayuba Suleiman stated this during a press conference held in Kaduna on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
He added that the strike in the state was not ill motivated or have political feelings, rather it is a sincere effort to save the health sector from its enormous challenges especially the need to improve the health workers’ welfare in order to stem the tide of exodus of health professionals from the state to other States owning to non implementation of 100 per cent Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for the State and Local Government Health workers.
He assured that the leadership of JOHESU in the state shall with all sense of commitment continue with the struggle, by exploring all avenues and platforms of engaging the Kaduna State Government for the payment of 100 per cent of the CONHESS, prompt remittance of the union’s statutory deductions to the relevant establishments and addressing the issue of PPP Laboratory Services in both with all vigor.
Comrade Suleiman explained that after the failure of the Federal Government negotiation team to reach an agreement with the Union, a Non-Governmental Organization sought and got an ex-parte court order directing JOHESU to suspend the strike within 24 hours and report back to work.
He however added that the legal team of the Union challenged the ex-parte motion at the National Industrial Nigeria Court, (NICN), and subsequently filed an appeal with a view to quashing the order and taking it away from the NICN to an appeal court for adjudication.
Comrade Suleiman commended the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki for his effort in seeing that the 40 days industrial action embarked by the Union was resolved amicably with the Federal Government.
According to him, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje also played prominent role in resolved of the crisis. He therefore called on other Nigerians to emulate them in resolving industrial crisis which is imminent.
“While joining the national strike, we equally presented to the Kaduna State Government five local pending issues for implementation.
“The National Secretariat of the Union put on record the highly spirited intervention of His Excellency, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, the Executive Governor of Kano State.
“The intervention of His Excellency, the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Saraki, who through his concern with the developments in the country displayed high level of statesmanship to bring an end the industrial unrest.
“Equally, on record is the concern exhibited by the National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) and other well-meaning Nigerians,” he said.