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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ASUU Strike Update: Pres. Goodluck Jonathan promises to end ASUU, Doctors' strike soon

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said that because of the importance his
administration attached to the medical and educational sectors, he was determined
to do all within his powers to resolve all issues that currently lead to labour
disputes and strikes in both sectors.
Resident doctors and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities are
currently on strike.
Jonathan promised to resolve the labour crises while granting audience to a
delegation of the Nigeria Medical Association led by its National President, Dr.
Osahon Enabulele, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
His promise was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media
and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, at the end of the closed-door session.
"I believe that we must manage both (education and medical) sectors in such a
way that nobody engaged in them will think of going on strike again. We will
continue to proactively evolve measures that will help us to permanently overcome
the problems that lead to strikes by health and education professionals," the
President was quoted as saying at the meeting attended by the Minister of Labour,
Emeka Wogu, Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu and other top government
officials.
Jonathan reportedly assured the delegation that his administration would take
necessary actions to ensure that the right conditions were created for Nigerian
medical professionals to stay at home and avail Nigerians of their skills and
expertise instead of migrating to other countries.
He said his government was determined to correct a situation where about 25,000
Nigerian medical consultants were currently practising in the United States alone as
confirmed to him by President Barack Obama.
He described as an anomaly a situation where this huge number of Nigerian
medical experts were abroad and yet the nation could not treat its sick people in its
own hospitals
He said, "There is clearly a missing link somewhere and we will do everything
possible to fix it. We will continue to work with professional bodies and all
stakeholders to come up with more policies and actions that will help us overcome
current challenges in our medical sector.
"We will work with the National Assembly to ensure the quick passage of the
National Health Bill. We will take prompt action to reconstitute the Medical and
Dental Council of Nigeria. We will also consider recommendations for the
establishment of the Office of the Surgeon-General of the Federation.
"I believe that we must always do what is best for our country. We will review all
the other issues you have raised and act accordingly. When things are done
properly, issues of welfare and remuneration in the health sector will disappear."
The President also promised that the Federal Government would explore the option
of creating a special intervention fund that would facilitate the rapid establishment
of more centres of medical excellence across the country.
Source: PunchNG

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