During a meeting with the leaders of the Joint Health Sector Union, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress, President Bola Tinubu reiterated his administration’s determination to revitalize the health sector in Nigeria and restore public confidence.
Recognizing the critical role of the health sector and its professionals in serving humanity, President Tinubu assured that his government would address the challenges faced by the system to ensure optimal performance.
In an appeal to the striking Union, he called for a return to work, emphasizing the importance of their dedication and commitment to providing essential healthcare services to the people.
“The health sector is one sector with a commitment to humanity. We will resolve all the problems. Trust must be enshrined in all discussions. I promise you we will accelerate this. We will resolve all the issues. Please go back to work,” President Tinubu appealed to the union leaders.
Acting Chairman, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, expressed the Union’s willingness to resume work, highlighting the urgent need for President Tinubu to prioritize healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Dr. Ogbonna appealed for increased investment in healthcare infrastructure and improved welfare for workers in the sector to prevent the alarming rate of brain drain.
“Mr. President, now that we have assurance from the top, we are encouraged to go back and talk to our members with a view to going back to work.”
Accompanying the Acting Chairman to the meeting, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, an Executive Council member of the Union, emphasized the importance of the Federal Government promptly addressing labor issues to prevent them from escalating into full-blown industrial crises. He stressed the need for proactive measures in handling such matters to maintain a harmonious working environment.