About two months down the line, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is set to end its industrial action, which arose over a wage disagreement with the Federal Government, among other issues. NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, disclosed yesterday in Abuja after a prolonged meeting with the President of the Senate, David Mark, that he would not give the exact date the strike would be called off until he meets his members, though the “meeting with the Senate President was very useful and successful.”
Mark, alongside Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, himself a medical doctor, Senator Tunde Ogbeha and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okukpe, met with the doctors from Tuesday night till yesterday morning in the Senate President’s Apo residence. At the closed-door meeting, Mark had reminded the doctors of the implications of the strike to the health of the citizens if they continued. Indications were that government has reasonably complied with a number of their demands, following which they resolved to brief their members before a final decision to call off the industrial action. Mark had last Sunday met with the striking doctors, during which he pleaded with them to return to work in the citizens’ interest, just as he promised to table their grievances before Mr. President with a view to finding answers to them.