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Health workers demand Ngige’s sack over comments on strike

By Toyin Durosinlohun, Ilorin 

Members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have called for the sack of the Labour and Employment Minister, Dr Chris Ngige over his comments on the union’s ongoing strike. 

The minister reportedly described JOHESU as an unregistered union under the Ministry of Health.

Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, JOHESU local chairman for University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Olutunde Olawumi vowed to continue with the strike called by the national body. 

This is coming just as the strike has claimed the life of one Haruna, a staff of the department of account at UITH. 

The deceased who was said to have been on admission before the strike allegedly died on Saturday last week after the nurses retained by JOHESU closed for the day’s work. 

Reacting, Olawumi said, “It is unfortunate that the minister of the federal republic of Nigeria is uttering such a statement. If JOHESU is not registered all the meetings being held with the union wouldn’t have come up at all; to the extent that a memorandum of understanding was signed. I can say the minister is not sincere. If he is not versed on his job, he should resign.

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