Lagos doctors end strike after consultations with state govt

Lagos doctors end strike after consultations with state govt

The striking medical doctors in Lagos State on Wednesday, July 15, announced the suspension of their three-day warning strike.

1st News had reported on Monday that the doctors embarked on the strike over issues regarding their safety and welfare.

However, they have agreed to resume work at their respective duty posts effective from Thursday.

This pronouncement was made by the Chairman of the Medical Guild Representative Council, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo.

Sodipo said the doctors agreed to call off the industrial action after a meeting with stakeholders including the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, amongst others.

He said the doctors observed “positive change in attitude” amongst relevant government agencies.

The statement read: “The three days warning strike should be suspended and work resume by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, 16th July 2020.

“We should continue to engage relevant government agencies on all the issues that precipitated the strike action.

“The officers’ committee should call for congress to update on the progress of negotiations.

“Also, the government should demonstrate sincerity and commitment during the negotiation in order to avert an unnecessary and preventable crisis in the health sector of Lagos State.”

Meanwhile, the Senate on Wednesday, July 15, raised a motion to review the age limit for employment.

According to the lawmakers, this decision is due to the danger of having thousands of unemployed graduates roaming the streets of Nigerian cities in search of jobs; amidst a 13-year embargo on employment by the Federal Government.

The Senate also urged the federal government to direct the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Productivity to set up a committee to review the age limit.

This is with the aim of sorting the logjam of age barrier; to allow skilled and competent Nigerians to be employed by MDAs.

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This was a sequel to a motion on the urgent need to reduce age barriers for job seekers during recruitment; as well as employment exercises moved by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East).

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