NMA  orders doctors to resume strike on Monday says Kogi is in  a mess


Kogi State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has ordered its members to resume the strike they suspended two weeks ago.

NMA said doctors were trapped in the “mess” going on in Kogi, lamenting that the state government is being insincere.

NMA in a statement after an emergency congress in Lokoja on Saturday said the resumption of the strike was caused by government’s failure to fulfill its promises to meet their demands.

Dr. Godwin Tijani, state chairman, pointed out that doctors were ignored during the suspension of the strike, as no real effort was made by the authorities.

“It is really unfortunate that we have found our self in this mess. We respected all the stakeholders who wanted the progress of the Kogi health sector, but the government is putting deaf ears into our demands.

“We have had several promises of salary alerts for the past one week without success; consequently, the Kogi NMA hereby directs all its members to resume strike as from 12 a.m on June 5, 2017,’’ Tijani stated.

The doctors’ demands include reinstatement and payment of salaries and arrears of doctors employed in 2015 and correction and payment of arrears of doctors underpaid, among others.

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